Dodgy health techniques

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goo Ranking looked at what healthy living methods do Japanese feel doubtful about the effectiveness of.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 16th and 20th of January 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I don’t know what that number 4 is all about, and I certainly don’t want to find out, although I suspect it might be related to kombucha:

Kombucha SCOBY
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Easter in Japan

Japan’s largest recipe sharing site, CookPad, recently conducted a survey into Easter.

easter bunnies

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of February 2015 2,599 people subscribed to the CookPad email newsletter completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 89% of the sample were female, 11% male, 2% were in their teens, 13% in their twenties, 31% in their thirties, 33% in their forties, and 21% aged fifty or older.

I’m quite suprised, indeed I find it difficult to believe that according to Q1SQ1 almost one in four know that Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox; I doubt if you’d get that high a figure even in a Christian country!

Suprisingly, chocolate Easter eggs are not a thing here, but around my local station, a cake shop is selling cute bunny and chick-themed petit fours, and an ice cream shop similarly-themed ice cream novelties.
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Fifteen secrets about Funassyi

Fresh from his appearance at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, goo Ranking revealed fifteen secrets on Funassyi, the hyperactive pear fairy from Funabashi in Chiba.

Let’s skip the usual demographics and get to the secrets revealed by Funassyi’s own words:

Rank Secret
15 Funassyi’s rival is Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest
14 The first CD Funassyi bought was Deep Purple’s Machine Head
13 Funassyi is a miraculous Pear Fairy that appears only once every 2000 years
11= Funassyi skived off morning school lessons to eat Mos Burger
11= Funassyi loves peaches, meat, pears, and wood lice; hates mozuku seaweed
10 Funassyi was born on the Fourth of July 138 AD
9 Funassyi’s parents are ordinary pear trees
8 Funassyi secretly had a pet mamushi snake as a child, but Funassyi’s parents got angry when they found out
7 Funassyi’s apartment is infested with cockroaches and mice
6 The whites of Funassyi’s eyes became grey when Funassyi appeared in the human world
5 Funassyi’s real name is Funadius IV
4 Funassyi has a total of 274 brothers and sisters
3 Funassyi has a habit of lying; 27.4% of Funassyi’s statements are untrue
2 Funassyi’s blue bottom half is not clothes, but a tattoo
1 The red bit in Funassyi’s stomach is not a ribbon but spurting blood
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100 yen shop regrets

goo Ranking recently reported on a survey into regrets on buying items at a 100 yen shop.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 19th of January and 2nd of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

100 Yen Shop

I’ve had many successes than regrets at the 100 yen shop, but sellotape is one of the worst choices; the tape is too tough to rip by hand, but the glue too weak. I really cannot think of anything else right now, especially as when I recently moved about half the new items of furnishings and fittings I bought were probably from various 100 yen shops. My best was a shower curtain I repurposed into two curtains for the bathroom windows, using 100 yen poles to hold the curtain, then I used the remaining curtain to cover a glass door leading on to the bathroom.

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Working women and drinking at home

How often do you drink at home? graph of japanese statisticsThe publishing company Sankei Living recently conducted a survey into drinking habits of working women.

Demographics

During January 2015 701 female members of the City Living email newsletter members completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 5.6% of the sample were in their twenties, 35.9% in their thirties, 45.8% in their forties, and 12.7% in their fifties. 25.1% were employed full-time in positions on a promotion track, 48.8% in ordinary full-time positions, 7.6% contract employees, 9.0% dispatch workers, and 9.6% in part-time or short-term employment. Furthermore, 25.0% lived by themselves, 29.2% were single and living with their parents, 23.1% DINKS, Dual Income No Kids, 16.1% with children, and 6.6% other.

That’s quite a lot of drinking, and more worrying, the number who drink on their own is quite significant. Fortunately, at worst there was just three people having beer for breakfast or a swift one at the office.

For myself, I have drunk exactly one can of beer at home since I moved to Tokyo, and before that I averaged about one or two a year.
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Stuff love can not be blind to

goo Ranking recently published a survey into what manners-related behaviour by one’s partner people could not forgive, for both men looking at women and women looking at men.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 16th and 20th of January 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Here’s a couple getting a bit too friendly on the train; at least they aren’t sitting legs akimbo.

Drunk Couple Train Tokyo

My wife is terrible for slamming car doors, but as we don’t own, just occasionally rent, I can forgive her. Furthermore, not grabbing as many free tissues as possible is a minus in my book!

I find it interesting that the top one for females is noisy eating, yet most guys I know have horrendously noisy eating habits. Perhaps they change when they are at home?
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Female English vampires in Japan

Have you ever had a romantic relationship with a foriegn man? graph of japanese statisticsWeblio recently published a self-serving survey into Japanese women’s views on international love, although given the sample group, the results here should not be used to extrapolate to the whole Japanese population.

Demographics

Between the 24th of January and the 2nd of February 2015 471 female members of the Weblio service completed a survey performed using Macromill Inc’s Quick-CROSS tool. No age details were provided.

I’m not sure how common the phrase in the headline is, but there is a trait found in certain Japanese women who want their token foreigner man to show off to their friends, or just get free lessons off, thus the English vampire in the title. Actually, when I met my wife, she too was to some extent looking for just English conversation practice before a planned working holiday to the UK.
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When women feel damned by faint praise

goo Ranking recently published a short ranking survey into what praise from men they are not happy to hear.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 13th of January 2015 500 members, all female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I’m not sure what number 2 is all about, or if it is just my poor translation; it could also be “You’ll have a lot of money in the bank”, which I suppose is a polite way of saying one has more money than sense. Here’s someone being good with makeup, I suppose:

Sailor girl makeup
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Password management in Japan

Would you like to use for login security? graph of japanese statisticsDDS, Digital Development Systems, a company that makes software to manage passwords through biometrics, recently conducted a survey entitled password refugees, looking at password usage.

Demographics

Over the 2nd and 3rd of February 2015 400 members of the Macromill Research Monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was aged between 20 and 50 years old, but no further demographics were provided. However, knowing Macromill’s usual style, it would have people aged been between 20 and 59 years old, 50:50 male and female, and 25% in each of the age bands 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

I use KeePass to manage my passwords, but with Chrome being good at managing passwords, I rarely need to load it up.
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Spotting a future baldie

goo Ranking recently republished a survey I must have missed first time round, why people think someone (male) will probably go bald in the future, with opinions from both women and men.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

One that doesn’t rank, but similar to going out in the rain without an umbrella, my wife told me that letting your hair dry naturally, especially going to bed with wet hair, is a big no-no.

Here’s what should be Japan’s patron saint of slapheads, the kappa, a sort of turtle thing with a big round bald spot:

Bonus Photos from the before time...
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