Society in the Japan of 2008: part 2 of 3

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This rather epic survey from the Cabinet Office Japan will be split into multiple parts and posted over the next few days. Here they looked at awareness of society, covering four main areas of country and society, the state of society today, evaluation of government, and how society works. A translation of a similar survey from last year may be found here and two years ago is here.

Demographics

10,000 people aged 20 or older were randomly selected from the entire Japanese population to take part in the survey. From that group, 5,494 people agreed to take part in face-to-face interviews conducted between the 7th and 24th of February 2008. 53.8% of the sample was female, 8.1% in their twenties, 15.3% in their thirties, 15.8% in their forties, 21.3% in their fifties, 21.9% in their sixties, 16.5% in their seventies, and 3.1% aged eighty or older. 74.7% were married, 11.8% were divorced or widowed, and 13.5% were unmarried.

Q6 and Q7 are a pretty depressing pair of statistics, with only peace showing any degree of optimism, but social breakdown bearing down on many people. Also, Q8 shows that people are more proud of the past rather than the present Japan.

Research results

Q6: Which of the following light images apply to the current social situation? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Peace53.9%
Safety17.1%
Consideration10.8%
Sense of personal accountability9.1%
Bright8.6%
Room to breathe8.0%
Zing6.5%
Sense of community4.4%
Other0.3%
Nothing in particular23.4%
Don’t know1.7%

Q7: Which of the following dark images apply to the current social situation? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Strong tide of irresponsility55.6%
Selfishness47.5%
No room to breathe37.3%
Scant sense of community32.6%
Lack of safety, lots of irritation29.8%
No zing21.9%
Frivolity and flippancy18.8%
Dark12.1%
Other0.7%
Nothing in particular2.2%
Don’t know0.9%

Q8: Which of the following aspects of Japan or the Japanese can you be proud of? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Long history and traditions48.1%
Beautiful nature46.6%
Illustrious culture and arts44.9%
Good public order30.1%
Citizens’ studiousness, talent28.1%
Free and peaceful society27.0%
Citizens’ humanity, sense of duty22.2%
High scientific, technical standards22.0%
High educational standards13.4%
Economic prosperity10.2%
Safe society10.0%
Cohesiveness of the citizenry4.3%
Other0.1%
Nothing, don’t know4.5%

Q9: Which of the following aspects of today’s society are you satisfied with? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

High quality living environment29.0%
Maintenance of physical and mental health18.9%
Easy for women to aspire to be successful in society18.8%
Easy to express one’s desire of learning, one’s ambitions16.9%
Easy to select working style16.5%
Easy to mutually relate to people13.6%
Easy for middle-aged and older people to be involved in society12.3%
Easy to find opportunities8.2%
Easy to bring up children in the family6.4%
Having financial room to breathe5.0%
Easy for young people to strive towards being independent in society3.4%
Other0.3%
Nothing in particular26.0%
Don’t know2.4%

Q10: Which of the following aspects of today’s society are you not satisfied with? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Having financial room to breathe42.4%
Easy to bring up children in the family32.1%
Easy for young people to strive towards being independent in society31.6%
Easy for middle-aged and older people to be involved in society26.8%
Easy to select working style20.6%
Easy for women to aspire to be successful in society18.3%
Easy to find opportunities13.6%
Easy to mutually relate to people16.1%
High quality living environment13.4%
Maintenance of physical and mental health13.0%
Easy to express one’s desire of learning, one’s ambitions9.2%
Other1.6%
Nothing in particular9.7%
Don’t know2.5%

Q11: Are you satisfied with the current level of public services available? (Sample size=5,494)

Satisfied7.4%
Somewhat satisfied30.4%
Can’t say either way30.4%
Somewhat dissatisfied21.3%
Dissatisfied8.4%
Don’t know2.1%

Q12: What do you think about the following opinions regarding public services?

Q12A: Certain public services should be privatised. (Sample size=5,494)

Think so34.7%
Perhaps think so35.7%
Perhaps don’t think so14.1%
Don’t think so8.5%
Don’t know7.0%

Q12B: Certain public services should be run by NPOs (Non-profit organisations) or volunteer groups. (Sample size=5,494)

Think so28.1%
Perhaps think so37.1%
Perhaps don’t think so18.3%
Don’t think so8.4%
Don’t know8.1%

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