Recently, Central Research Services Inc looked at the matter of popular sports

Demographics

Between the 1st and 9th of June 2009 4,000 adult members of the public were randomly selected, and 1,244 of them, or 31.1%, agreed to answer the questionnaire in face-to-face interviews. More specific demographic information was not provided.

I don’t think there’s anything of particular note in the results below, but it’s nice to translate it and keep it as a permanent record for searchers.

Research results

Q1: Who is your favourite sportsperson, regardless of sex, professional or amatuer, currently active or retired, alive or dead, Japanese or foreign. (Sample size=924)

Rank   Votes Percentage
1 Ichiro Suzuki (baseball) 283 30.6%
2 Ryu Ishikawa (golf) 51 5.5%
3 Shigeo Nakashima (baseball) 37 4.0%
4 Hideki Matsui (baseball) 28 3.0%
5 Sadaharu Oh (baseball) 27 2.9%
6 Mao Asada (figure skating) 26 2.8%
7 Tomoaki Kanemoto (baseball) 25 2.7%
8 Shunsuke Nakamura (football) 22 2.4%
9 Kimiko Krum-Date (tennis) 19 2.1%
10 Masahiro Tanaka (baseball) 16 1.7%
11 Kosuke Kitajima (swimming) 14 1.5%
12 Hidetoshi Nakata (football) 12 1.3%
13= Atsunori Inaba (baseball) 10 1.1%
13= Hakuho (sumo) 10 1.1%
15= Tatsunori Hara (baseball) 9 1.0%
15= Naoko Takahashi (marathon) 9 1.0%

Presumably the missing 320 people had no favourite sportsperson whatsoever.

Looking at the breakdown by the sexes, Ichiro was tops for both men and women (31.1% and 30.2% respectively). The only other foreigners in the list were Ayrton Senna and Tiger Woods, both 10th equal in the male list. Ichiro was also tops for each age band.

Q2: Which of the following professional sports do you like? (Sample size=1,244, multiple answer)

Baseball 50.8%
Football 21.6%
Sumo 19.4%
Golf 15.5%
Boxing 9.1%
Motorsports 6.8%
Professional wrestling 3.5%
Other 6.8%
Don’t like any professional sports 21.8%

Q3: Which currently-active sumo wrestlers do you like? (Sample size=1,244, multiple answer)

Rank   Percentage
1 Hakuho 26.7%
2 Asashoryu 18.2%
3 Takamisaka 14.1%
4 Harumafuji 12.5%
5 Kaio 9.2%
6 Kotooshu 9.1%
7 Chiyotaikai 8.4%
8 Kotomitsuki 4.0%
9 Kisenosato 3.1%
10 Goeido 3.1%
  No-one comes to mind 45.7%

Q4: Which is your most favourite Japanese baseball team? (Sample size=1,244)

Rank   Percentage
1 Yomiuri Giants 26.4%
2 Hanshin Tigers 12.7%
3 Chunichi Dragons 5.4%
4 Rakuten Eagles 4.5%
5 SoftBank Hawks 4.3%
6= Nippon Ham Fighters 3.5%
6= Hiroshima Carp 3.5%
8 Yokohama BayStars 2.0%
9 Seibu Lions 1.8%
10 Yakult Swallows 1.7%
11 Lotte Marines 1.0%
12 Orix Buffaloes 0.5%
  None of them 32.8%

3 Comments

Katie · October 29, 2009 at 10:24

Perhaps likely see motorsports rise up a notch after Kobayashi Kamui did such an admirable job of holding up the new world champion? I see big things on the horizon for that chap!

habib motadayyen · April 21, 2011 at 18:23

i love japanese sportwomen and i want to make friendship with them .could u please help me? thanks

    habib motadayyen · April 21, 2011 at 18:27

    i like friendship with japan sportwomen .how can i access their e-mails?

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