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Men, how often do you smoke tobacco? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey conducted by Hoken (Insurance) Clinic, timed for World No-Smoking Day, looked at smoking and non-smoking.

Demographics

Between the 28th and 30th of April 2015 500 people between the ages of 20 and 60 completed a web-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was provided.

I don’t know how good the sample selection was, but although the smoker percentage looks similar to other figures I have seen, the ex-smoker figure seems very, very high.

With talk of banning smoking throughout Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, looking at the figures here would suggest that there might only be the will to ban for the duration of the Olympics, not permanently.
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Dodgy health techniques

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

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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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Coping with the Japanese summer

What effect does drinking cold drinks have on your body? graph of japanese statisticsRakuten Research recently looked at summer heat countermeasures.

Demographics

Over the 14th and 15th of June 2013 500 members of the Rakuten Research monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female, and the ages of both sexes were 50:50 twenties and thirties.

I am under the impression that sweating is a good way to if not cool off, at least feel better, so having hot drinks (when inside) or something spicy must be a good way to counteract the heat. As I’ve said at least twice before (perhaps I should try to get an affiliate account to make some money off this?), I’ve also started wearing AIRism from Uniqlo, and it quite nicely prevents the horrible sticky, sweaty back feeling I normally get wearing just a shirt.
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Online doctor appointments in Japan

Have you ever used a hospital online reservation system? graph of japanese statisticsA number of clinics these days offer services for making reservations online, a service I have availed myself of once or twice.

Demographics

Between the 14th and 17th of November 2011 1,081 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were male, 16.4% in their teens, 18.5% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 15.8% in their forties, 15.9% in their fifties, and 11.7% aged sixty or older.

With ordinary clinics, the way reservations work is rather than reserving a time, one reserves a place in the queue, and the system will email you back once you get close to the head of the queue, so one can minimise the sitting around in the waiting room time. I’m surprised my regular skin clinic hasn’t adopted it, as they have a manual system which on weekends means that phoning in at about 9 am means one might get seen by 6 pm on a good day.
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Comprehensive medical examinations in Japan

How did you feel overall about your Ningen Dock? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently reported in detail on comprehensive medical examinations, or as they are known in Japanese 人間ドック, Ningen (Human) Dock, a play on “dry dock”.

Demographics

Between the 29th of August and the 1st of September 2011 1,083 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.2% of the sample were male, 24.1% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 25.4% in their fifties, and 25.0% aged sixty or older.

Furthermore, there was a new term to me, “Ladies’ Dock”, which as you might guess is a Ningen Dock tailored towards women. The time my wife and I went for a Ningen Dock, she had the ladies’ course, but it wasn’t sold as female oriented. If I remember correctly, there was a base test for everyone, then you could buy add-on packages on top, like lady bits, allergy tests, chest CT scan, etc.
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Ex-smokers outnumber smokers in Japan

Do you want to quit smoking? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently released the results of a survey into smoking and health, a survey that was conducted last December.

Demographics

Between the 10th and 13th of December 2010 2,152 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.3% of the sample were male, 19.6% in their twenties, 19.9% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, 20.0% in their fifties, and 20.4% aged sixty or older.

About the only good news to come from the recent disaster is that many tobacco growers and factories have been knocked out, so a good number of brands are no longer available, and others are on short supply; indeed today I noticed in a convenience store that although the signs requesting people limit themselves to purchasing two bottles of water had disappeared, there was now a sign for only one packet of cigarettes per person.
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Breast cancer in Japan

How do feel about having had a mammography? graph of japanese statisticsA most interesting recent survey from goo Research was a 30,000 woman breast cancer survey, the sixth time they have carried this out.

Demographics

Between the 10th and 14th of September 2010 32,830 women made up from members of the goo Research monitor panel and ordinary users of goo web services completed an internet-based questionnaire. 1.5% of the sample were in their teens, 5.3% between 20 and 24 years old, 11.7% between 25 and 29, 18.0% between 30 and 34, 20.0% between 35 and 29, 15.8% between 40 and 44, 12.5% between 45 and 49, 7.4% between 50 and 54, 4.0% between 55 and 50, and 3.7% aged sixty or older. 38.7% were housewives, 24.7% in full-time regular employment, 20.4% in short-term or part-time work, etc.

I’ve highlighted the results from how women felt about mammographies, as my wife reports them to be a very painful experience, but I believe the question is more directed towards how women feel after having had the results rather than about the details of the examination itself.
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Cold turkey most popular way of quitting smoking in Japan

Do you smoke? graph of japanese statisticsNot having smoked, I cannot really relate to the answers in this survey from DIMSDRIVE Reseach into smoking and non-smoking, but I do have experience of quitting alcohol (well, at least going from a daily habit to once in a blue moon) with cold turkey and lots of water only.

Demographics

Between the 25th of November and the 10th of December 2009 (the reporting is rather slow!) 9,638 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.3% of the sample were male, 11.5% in their twenties, 32.8% in their thirties, 31.3% in their forties, 16.7% in their fifties, and 7.7% aged sixty or older. In addition, 64.0% were married, and 52.4% of the total sample had children.

Q1B at a first look appears to be contradictory to common sense, with men with children more likely to smoke than those with no children, but for women the position is reversed. However, for men this is probably explained by smokers being older, with the non-smoking message getting through to the younger generation who are in turn less likely to have had children yet. For women, the opposite trend is present – the younger generation is smoking more, plus of course as in Q7, getting pregnant or having children is an incentive for women to quit.
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Technostress making most Japanese ill

Have you ever gone to hospital due to technostress? graph of japanese statisticsComputers and cell phones are making most of the respondents to this survey from iShare ill, with stiff shoulders and dry eye being the two most common symptoms of technostress.

Demographics

Between the 8th and 11th of December 2009 491 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 55.6% of the sample were male, 35.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, and 36.9% in their forties.

I hardly ever get any particular complaint from using PCs or mobiles, except for tired eyes that go away after just a quick break.

Stiff shoulders (katakori) are, as far as I can determine, a typically Japanese response to stress where in the west it would probably be a headache or migraine. Dry eye, however, is I suspect (in my totally and utterly non-medical opinion) a reaction to overuse of eye drops. Attend any event from the cinema to the theatre and you’ll see lots of people topping up (replacing) their tears with various over-the-counter medicine. The big manufacturers even sell a junior eyedrop for children, but if your kid isn’t producing tears you should be seeing a doctor, not self-medicating!
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Just one in twenty always wear masks for swine flu prevention

Would you yourself want to get a swine flu vaccination? graph of japanese statisticsThis detailed survey from DIMSDRIVE Research into new-type influenza or swine flu, found that surprisingly few people are always wearing masks as a preventative measure. Perhaps there is a degree of confirmation bias in our own personal experiences as mask wearers do stand out, so we remember the definite sightings from a busy day on the train but forget the times when there’s just a couple of masks in the carriage.

Demographics

Between the 14th and 29th of October 2009 13,263 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 54.1% of the sample were male, 0.8% in their teens, 8.9% in their twenties, 28.3% in their thirties, 32.0% in their forties, 19.0% in their fifties, and 11.0% aged sixty or older. Note that this survey was performed during a period when the number of reported cases was rapidly increasing.

Note that the Japanese term is 新型インフルエンザ, shingata infuruenza, new-type flu, but I’ll use swine flu in this translation as it’s easier to understand.

At work we have a bottle of disinfectant at the door that I always use just to show willing, but I don’t use it anywhere else.

I went today to the barber and all the staff were masked up, but no-one seemed to have a cough, but I suppose given the close-up work a barber does the mask is reassuring to the customer.
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