Coming of Age in 2010 in Japan: part 1 of 2

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Macromill published their annual survey on new adults, looking at how the latest batch of twenty year olds look at themselves and their future

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2009 516 members of the Macromill monitor group who have recently or will soon be turning twenty thus eligible to attend a Coming of Age ceremony this weekend completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

Most foreigners in Japan are more interested in photographing the kimono on display, not that I can blame them for that, but I think that looking past the stereotypes of partying with Mickey Mouse and drunken neds starting fights at the ceremonies is much more intellectually interesting and much less predictable than the usual coverage.

Research results

Q1: How do you see the future of Japan? (Sample size=516)

Bright1.2%
Perhaps bright19.6%
Perhaps dark61.4%
Dark17.8%

Q1: How do you see your own future? (Sample size=516)

Bright8.9%
Perhaps bright51.4%
Perhaps dark32.2%
Dark7.6%

Q3: Do you have dreams for the future? (Sample size=516)

Yes59.1%
Not at this time32.9%
Don’t know7.9%

Q4: What do you think about the following? (Sample size=516)

 Think soPerhaps think soPerhaps don’t think soDon’t think so
Coming of Age ceremony is needed24.2%39.0%22.7%14.1%
Making pension payments is a responsibility of citizens28.9%48.1%14.5%8.5%
When coming of age it is necessary to think of yourself as an adult46.3%41.7%8.5%3.5%

Q5A: How interested are you in politics? (Sample size=516)

 AllMale
N=258
Female
N=258
Very interested30.8%38.4%23.3%
Somewhat interested42.4%38.4%46.5%
Not really interested17.6%16.3%19.0%
Not at all interested9.1%7.0%11.2%

Q5B: How interested are you in elections? (Sample size=516)

 AllMale
N=258
Female
N=258
Very interested25.8%32.2%19.4%
Somewhat interested37.0%35.3%38.8%
Not really interested25.0%20.9%29.1%
Not at all interested12.2%11.6%12.8%

Q5C: How interested are you in the economy? (Sample size=516)

 AllMale
N=258
Female
N=258
Very interested35.3%43.8%26.7%
Somewhat interested43.2%39.1%47.3%
Not really interested14.3%12.4%16.3%
Not at all interested7.2%4.7%9.7%

Q6: What do you think Japan should tackle? (Sample size=516, multiple answer)

 AllMale
N=258
Female
N=258
Economic recovery71.7%69.8%73.6%
Employment measures65.3%60.5%70.2%
Hospital, nursing, other social welfare53.1%43.4%62.8%
Education reform52.3%55.0%49.6%
Fixing the pension system51.2%47.3%55.0%
Lack of children, aging society problems51.2%46.9%55.4%
Political stability48.3%47.3%49.2%
Environmental issues36.8%29.8%43.8%
Scientific research promotion35.7%41.5%29.8%
IT promotion31.6%38.0%25.2%
Culture, sports promotion27.5%20.5%34.5%
Proactive contribution to world peace22.1%19.8%24.4%
Promoting the appeal of Japan overseas20.7%19.0%22.5%
Law and order20.5%18.6%22.5%
International trade, exchange20.3%21.3%19.4%
Other4.8%5.0%4.7%
Don’t know5.0%4.3%5.8%

Q7: Do you have an ideal adult figure? (Sample size=516)

 AllMale
N=258
Female
N=258
Yes (to SQ)46.9%41.9%51.9%
No53.1%58.1%48.1%

Q7SQ: Who are your ideal adults? (Sample size=242, multiple answer)

 AllMale
N=108
Female
N=134
Father43.4%39.8%46.3%
Mother41.7%25.9%54.5%
School teacher, professor28.9%26.9%30.9%
Actor, entertainer15.7%14.8%16.4%
Grandparent14.9%11.1%17.9%
Senior at school11.6%10.2%12.7%
Senior, boss at work11.6%11.1%11.9%
Friend8.7%9.3%8.2%
Historical figure7.0%8.3%6.0%
Author, cultural figure6.6%4.6%8.2%
Brother, sister5.8%5.6%6.0%
Other relative4.1%2.8%5.2%
Politician2.9%6.5%0.0%
Other6.2%9.3%3.7%

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  1. January 14, 2013 @ 23:37

    […] Macromill Inc continued their annual tradition of publishing a survey looking at people who are turning 20 and will be attending a Coming of Age ceremony, traditionally held today, January 14th 2013, in their 2013 new adults survey. For reference, I previously translated the 2010 survey. […]