Manga newspapers rated by 7 in 10 Japanese

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Do you feel newspaper columns are difficult to understand? graph of japanese statisticsI do like some of the subjects that iShare come up with, and this survey is one of these times, where they look at manga newspapers, newspapers in comic form.

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of November 2009 510 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.7% of the sample were male, 32.4% in their twenties, 32.2% in their thirties, and 35.5% in their forties.

On first reading this story, I naturally typed “manga newspaper” into Google and ended up on this site. It’s a rather interesting place (assuming a degree of Japanese knowledge), if only just to see how they render figures like Prime Minister Hatoyama, President Obama, Tatsuya Ichihashi, recently-arrested for the murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker, and Osama Bin Laden.

Research results

Q1: Do you usually read manga? (Sample size=510)

 AllMale
N=289
Female
N=221
Frequently24.9%25.6%24.0%
Sometimes46.3%42.6%51.1%
Never28.8%31.8%24.9%

Q2: Do you usually view news web sites? (Sample size=510)

 AllMale
N=289
Female
N=221
Frequently55.3%59.5%49.8%
Sometimes38.4%33.9%44.3%
Never6.3%6.6%5.9%

Q3: Do you usually read newspapers? (Sample size=510)

 AllMale
N=289
Female
N=221
Frequently34.9%34.6%35.3%
Sometimes36.9%36.3%37.6%
Never25.5%25.3%25.8%
Never even read a newspaper once2.7%3.8%1.4%

Q3SQ: Do you feel newspaper columns are difficult to understand? (Sample size=496)

 AllMale
N=278
Female
N=218
Often feel so5.0%3.6%6.9%
Sometimes feel so46.6%44.2%49.5%
Never felt so48.4%52.2%43.6%

Q4: Recently a number of web sites featuring news explained through manga have appeared. Did you know about such manga newspaper sites? (Sample size=510)

 AllMale
N=289
Female
N=221
Knew and have read them5.9%6.9%4.5%
Knew but haven’t read them14.9%14.5%15.4%
Didn’t know about them79.2%78.5%80.1%

Q5: What do you think about such manga newspaper sites? (Sample size=510)

 AllMale
N=289
Female
N=221
Completely support them14.7%16.3%12.7%
Perhaps support55.3%51.2%60.6%
Perhaps oppose them23.7%25.6%21.3%
Completely oppose them6.3%6.9%5.4%
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