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How many friends do you have? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently published the highlights of a survey by Macromill into 2014′s new adults, where they chose to focus on SNS and friends.

Demographics

On the 5th of December 2013 Macromill interviewed 500 members of their monitor panel who would be coming of age (20 years old) in 2014 through a private internet-based questionnaire. The sex split is not noted, but Macromill usually have a 50:50 ratio.

Note that in Q3 and the pie chart above, the Japanese word for “friend” used is a word that usually refers to real-life friends. Facebook friends use a different word, so the number reported was not just a simple totting up of one’s followers.
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Coming of Age in 2013: part two of two

How interested are you in working overseas in the future? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2]

Macromill Inc continued their annual tradition of publishing a survey looking at people who are turning 20 and will be attending a Coming of Age ceremony, traditionally held today, January 14th 2013, in their 2013 new adults survey. For reference, I previously translated the 2010 survey.

Demographics

Over the 20th and 21st of December 2012 500 members of the Macromill monitor group who will eligible to attend a Coming of Age ceremony in 2013 completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and were all aged either 19 or 20.

The second half of the survey, fortunately, is a bit brighter. 35.4% interested to some degree in foreign employment is quite a bit higher than I would have imagined, although the cynic might say that figure is inflated by those who see a dark future for Japan in Q1, so wish to get out while the going is good…

A surprise for me is that there is a significant difference between the sexes regarding mobile phones; the women seem to have been quicker to switch to smartphones, although I wonder how much is tied in with their much higher SNS usage, as mobiles make Twitter, LINE etc more pleasurable to use.
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Coming of Age in 2013: part one of two

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Macromill Inc continued their annual tradition of publishing a survey looking at people who are turning 20 and will be attending a Coming of Age ceremony, traditionally held today, January 14th 2013, in their 2013 new adults survey. For reference, I previously translated the 2010 survey.

Demographics

Over the 20th and 21st of December 2012 500 members of the Macromill monitor group who will eligible to attend a Coming of Age ceremony in 2013 completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and were all aged either 19 or 20.

Overall, it’s quite a gloomy survey, not just for the answers on their views on the future, but also seeing the difference in the sexes, such as the women being much less interested in politics, elections and the economy than their male counterparts. On the other hand, a majority have dreams, and although they don’t see a bright future for Japan, they do see one for themselves.
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When Japanese truly come of age

With today being a public holiday for the annual Coming of Age Day, where everyone who had their 20th birthday in the last calendar year gets tarted up in their best togs and get together in their local town hall to listen to boring speechs. However, although they statatistically became adults in the previous year, goo Ranking took a look at when people felt they truly reached adulthood.

Demographics

Over the 25th and 26th of November 2011 1,074 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.4% of the sample were female, 11.6% in their teens, 14.7% in their twenties, 26.9% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Here’s some new adults with a random dude:

Me with Kimono girls

And here’s a local mayor trying to get hip with the kids:

For my part, I felt I became an adult when I moved out of university dorms and started flat sharing, which incidentally was just round about my 20th birthday. Note that this doesn’t feature in the list below – for some reason flat-sharing is not popular at all in Japan.
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Coming of age 2011 according to Macromill: part 3 of 3

The relationship between husband and wife should be that of equals graph of japanese statisticsTo follow up on my previous survey from O-Net and Rakuten, here is a pretty massive survey from Macromill Research looking at coming of age in 2011 – it was released on the 7th of January but didn’t appear in their feed until the 28th. This will be presented in three parts.

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2010 500 members of the Macromill monitor group born in 1990 or 1991 who would be coming of age in 2011 completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

In Q15 I must say I am most happy to see that beer takes its rightful place at the top of the list of things to be glad about when turning twenty! Furthermore, voting coming second is another heartening sign.
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Coming of age 2011 according to Macromill: part 2 of 3

How good or bad are you with Twitter, SNS, etc? graph of japanese statisticsTo follow up on my previous survey from O-Net and Rakuten, here is a pretty massive survey from Macromill Research looking at coming of age in 2011 – it was released on the 7th of January but didn’t appear in their feed until the 28th. This will be presented in three parts.

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2010 500 members of the Macromill monitor group born in 1990 or 1991 who would be coming of age in 2011 completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

In Q7, Q8 and Q9 it’s good to see that the new adults are interested in how the country is being run (into the ground). Let’s hope that they take some action on that, although I wouldn’t want to see activities like are happening in the Middle East as we do have an open and reasonably fair political system here. However, I did actually hear some talking heads on the TV last night looking briefly at whether such events might occur in Japan too.
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Coming of age 2011 according to Macromill: part 1 of 3

Do you feel relaxed about Japan's future? graph of japanese statisticsTo follow up on my previous survey from O-Net and Rakuten, here is a pretty massive survey from Macromill Research looking at coming of age in 2011 – it was released on the 7th of January but didn’t appear in their feed until the 28th. This will be presented in three parts.

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2010 500 members of the Macromill monitor group born in 1990 or 1991 who would be coming of age in 2011 completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

Not surprising in Q5 top of the desired jobs is working for the government – salaries are pretty good even at the local level, little overtime, and very little chance of being made redundant.
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Views and attitudes of this year’s new adults

Women, have you ever been bullied? graph of japanese statisticsWith today being Coming of Age Day in Japan, we of course get a number of surveys on these new adults. This one from O-Net, a marriage agency, caught my eye.

Demographics

Between the 26th and 29th of November 2010 800 members of the Rakuten Research monitor panel who would be coming of age in 2011 – that is, born between the 2nd of April 1990 and the 1st of April 1991 – and were not married completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female. Furthermore, 75.0% of the males and 67.8% of the females were in university, 13.9% in colleges or other further education, 5.6% had full-time regular jobs, 5.7% in other jobs, 2.5% unemployed, 0.9% in the process of starting a job, and one other. 57.3% lived at home with parents, 39.1% were living alone, 2.% with other family, 1.3% with friends and 0.4% in other accomodation.

There’s a good number of surprising statistics, such as over two in five having thought of suicide, three in five males being herbivore, and just 2.4% supportive of the political direction of Japan.

The survey itself was a bit longer than the questions below, but I’ve run out of time tonight to translate…
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Coming of Age in 2010 in Japan: part 2 of 2

To what degree do you desire to be active internationally? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2]

Macromill published their annual survey on new adults, looking at how the latest batch of twenty year olds look at themselves and their future

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2009 516 members of the Macromill monitor group who have recently or will soon be turning twenty thus eligible to attend a Coming of Age ceremony this weekend completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

The stereotypes of the herbivore boy and the carnivore girl make an appearance towards the end of this survey! In Q11, considering that most of the respondents are probably university students, under 20% being active in the pursuit of the opposite sex, especially given the commonly-held view that Japanese universities are not exactly the most taxing of institutions study-wise, does seem a rather low figure to me!
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Coming of Age in 2010 in Japan: part 1 of 2

How do you see the future of Japan? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2]

Macromill published their annual survey on new adults, looking at how the latest batch of twenty year olds look at themselves and their future

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2009 516 members of the Macromill monitor group who have recently or will soon be turning twenty thus eligible to attend a Coming of Age ceremony this weekend completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

Most foreigners in Japan are more interested in photographing the kimono on display, not that I can blame them for that, but I think that looking past the stereotypes of partying with Mickey Mouse and drunken neds starting fights at the ceremonies is much more intellectually interesting and much less predictable than the usual coverage.
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