iPad in Japanese business

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Do you know the iPad? graph of japanese statisticsWith the iPad having been out in Japan for just about a month, iBridge Research Plus thought it about time to conduct another survey on Apple’s iPad. japan.internet.com chose to focus on the business applicability of the device in their report.

Demographics

On the 21st of June 2010 300 employed members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 72.3% of the sample were male, 14.7% in their twenties, 33.7% in their thirties, 29.7% in their forties, 19.0% in their fifties, and 3.0% in their sixties.

Shortly after it came out I read an article about a doctor in Japan using one in the operating theatre. At least he put it into a bag, but I thought it was a highly irresponsible thing to do, as the wi-fi could have interfered with the critical devices, for instance. For general hospital use, it needs a lot of work to be either germ-proof or washable – Panasonic already make a robust but boring tablet for medical use, but I’d be much more comfortable seeing a medical professional using that instead of an iPad!

I think the significant roles for the iPad in business are perhaps limited to photography-related work and to life insurance and other financial salespeople, especially of the home visiting type. There’s probably also a niche for travel agents as a terminal for customers to view virtual brochures and the like.
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Many more wi-fi than wired Japanese home LANs

Given the combination of the small size of the average Japanese home, all-too-common paper-thin walls, DIY not being very popular, and of course many providers throwing in free wireless-ready routers and USB wi-fi dongles, it’s perhaps more a suprise that wired LANs are relatively popular in this survey from iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com, into home LANs.

Demographics

On the 7th of June 2010 300 members of the iBridge online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.0% of the sample were male, 13.7% in their twenties, 30.7% in their thirties, 31.3% in their forties, 17.7% in their fifties, and 6.7% in their sixties.

My flat came with built-in wired LAN, and I worry a bit about the security aspect so I haven’t bothered to get any sort of wi-fi add-on kit as it’s not that much bother to plug the LAN cable into the wall.
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Almost no music SNS users in Japan

Do you participate in a music SNS? graph of japanese statisticsI’ve never heard the term music SNS before, although now that I read what it is I understand what they are referring to. The survey on this subject was from iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com.

Demographics

On the 14th of June 2010 300 members of the iBridge research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.7% of the sample were male, 10.3% in their twenties, 34.3% in their thirties, 34.7% in their forties, 15.0% in their fifties, and 5.7% in their sixties.

I like music, but I’ve just fallen out of the habit of listening to it, so music SNSs are even less appealing than straightforward SNSs! The last time I listened to music off my own bat was this rather entertaining number:


Research results

First of all, seven people disliked music to some degree, so they were eliminated and the remaining 293 asked the following.

Q1A: Do you like listening, singing, or performing music? (Sample size=293)

Listening only57.0%
Singing only3.8%
Performing only1.7%
Both listening and singing26.6%
Both listening and performing2.7%
Both singing and performing0.7%
Listening, singing and performing7.5%

Another way of looking at the data is this:

Q1B: Do you like listening, singing, or performing music? (Sample size=300)

 VotesPercentage
Listening27591.7%
Singing11337.7%
Performing3712.3%
None of them72.3%

Q2A: Do you participate in a music SNS? (Sample size=293)

Yes (to SQ)1.7%
No51.5%
Don’t know what it is46.8%

Adding in the music haters from above we get:

Q2B: Do you participate in a music SNS? (Sample size=300)

Yes (to SQ)1.7%
No50.3%
Don’t know what it is45.7%
Don’t like music2.3%

Q2SQ: Which music SNSs do you participate in? (Sample size=5, multiple answer)

MySpace4
Uta-uga1
Uta-suki1
last.fm0
Natalie0
Jamming Music Station0
MenboScape0
Gosnavi0
syncl0
yanpon.com0
AngesParty0
Other1

The sample size above is too small to make percentages meaningful.

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PayPal in Japan

Do you know about the money transfer intermediary service PayPal? graph of japanese statisticsI’ve been looking forward to encountering a survey such as this one from iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com, into overseas money transfer, focusing on the seemingly invisible in Japan PayPal.

Demographics

On the 17th of May 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.3% of the sample were male, 13.3% in their twenties, 35.7% in their thirties, 28.0% in their forties, 16.0% in their fifties, and 7.0% in their sixties.

On the first of April this year PayPal banned inter-personal money transfers originating in Japan to be in compliance with the Fund Settlement Act.

I was surprised to see almost a third aware of PayPal, as I thought it was very much a niche product in Japan.
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Kindle versus the iPad in Japan

Would you want to read books on the iPhone, iPad? graph of japanese statisticsThis survey into electronic book readers by iBridge Research Plus and reported on by japan.internet.com found that the iPad seemed an attractive choice to many electronic book readers.

Demographics

On the 24th of May 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.7% of the sample were male, 15.3% in their twenties, 30.0% in their thirties, 28.0% in their forties, 19.7% in their fifties, and 7.0% in their sixties.

There must have been a corresponding question to Q1SQ2 for Amazon’s Kindle, as although it wasn’t reported the text implied that many fewer people were interested in reading on a specialised device.

Despite good reviews of Sony’s e-readers, they don’t seem to be on sale in Japan for some reason and their Japanese web site stopped updating at the end of 2008, although if I were to hazard a guess it would be due to the difficulty in making a deal with the rather old-fashioned mindsets that seem to present in Japanese publishing houses.
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Majority want law on printer recycling

Do you think that printers should be included in the PC Recycle Law? graph of japanese statisticsHaving looked recently at the computer recycle law, here’s a related look with iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com at printer disposal.

Demographics

On the 10th of May 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.3% of the sample were male, 13.0% in their twenties, 33.3% in their thirties, 29.7% in their forties, 15.3% in their fifties, and 8.7% in their sixties.

In Q1SQ2, note that most local authorities have separate collections for unburnable rubbish and large rubbish. Some places charge for certain kinds of large rubbish, and some places also try to recycle the large rubbish, although I haven’t a clue what happens to the unburnables.

My local authority says that printers can be disposed of for free as large rubbish, although my last place charged 300 yen, so when I had a printer to throw away I dismantled it and chucked it out bit-by-bit…
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Few online bookmarkers, more keen on social bookmarking

Do you use an online bookmarking service? graph of japanese statisticsPure social bookmarking these days seems to have been replaced by either sharing links in traditional SNS communities or link-sharing communities like Japan Soc, with this survey from iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com, into online bookmarking services showing very few aware of such services.

Demographics

On the 26th of April 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.0% of the sample were female, 20.0% in their twenties, 29.3% in their thirties, 28.3% in their forties, 14.7% in their fifties, and 7.7% in their sixties.

I’ve basically stopped using delicious although I still visit StumbleUpon, and of course SU visits me too. I tried using Opera Link, an online bookmark synchronisation service, but I didn’t really see the benefit to me from using it.
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Buying over the counter drugs over the internet in Japan

On the 1st of June last year the law in Japan was changed to allow certain non-prescription drugs to be sold over the internet; this recent survey from iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com, looked at the sale of medical products, focusing on internet purchases.

Demographics

On the 12th of April 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.7% of the sample were male, 13.7% in their twenties, 31.3% in their thirties, 32.0% in their forties, 16.0% in their fifties, and 7.0% in their sixties.

Looking at Q1, the law change liberalised some sales, but also reigned in others, which was what was being asked – Japan Economy News describes the situation in detail.
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One in five unaware of PC recycling law

Do you know about the PC Recycle Law? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey from iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com, into the computer recycling law found a significant percentage unaware of the details, a category I fall into too, I suppose.

Demographics

On the 19th of April 2010 300 members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 59.3% of the sample were male, 12.7% in their twenties, 30.7% in their thirties, 34.3% in their forties, 15.3% in their fifties, and 7.0% in their sixties.

The Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources came into being in 2003, but due to almost no computers being recycled, a new version, the PC Recycle Law, was enacted in 2008. About all I know about it is that it means that you cannot throw away old computers and monitors, etc; you have to pay a fee to get them collected. Therefore, I have sitting in my trunk room an old motherboard and flat-screen monitor that I don’t really feel like paying a fee for, so they might sit there until we move house.
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Cash on delivery most reliable net shopping payment method

What do you think is the safest way to pay for online shopping? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey from iBridge Research Plus, reported on by japan.internet.com, looked at the online shopping habits of women.

Demographics

On the 5th of April 2010 300 female members of the iBridge monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 12.3% of the sample were in their twenties, 38.0% in their thirties, 19.7% in their forties, 23.0% in their fifties, and 7.0% in their sixties.

As usual, my favourite method, PayPal, doesn’t get a mention, although I suppose Yahoo! Wallet is the closest one gets.
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