Women, have you ever been bullied? graph of japanese statisticsWith today being Coming of Age Day in Japan, we of course get a number of surveys on these new adults. This one from O-Net, a marriage agency, caught my eye.


Between the 26th and 29th of November 2010 800 members of the Rakuten Research monitor panel who would be coming of age in 2011 – that is, born between the 2nd of April 1990 and the 1st of April 1991 – and were not married completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female. Furthermore, 75.0% of the males and 67.8% of the females were in university, 13.9% in colleges or other further education, 5.6% had full-time regular jobs, 5.7% in other jobs, 2.5% unemployed, 0.9% in the process of starting a job, and one other. 57.3% lived at home with parents, 39.1% were living alone, 2.% with other family, 1.3% with friends and 0.4% in other accomodation.

There’s a good number of surprising statistics, such as over two in five having thought of suicide, three in five males being herbivore, and just 2.4% supportive of the political direction of Japan.

The survey itself was a bit longer than the questions below, but I’ve run out of time tonight to translate…

Research results

Q1: Which of the following statements describe you? (Sample size=800, multiple answer)

  Yes No
I don’t want to break pace with others 91.8% 8.3%
I take other people into consideration 88.6% 11.4%
I get nervous appearing in public 77.6% 22.4%
I easily become uncomfortable 73.6% 26.4%
I get depressed easily 72.1% 27.9%
I have high ideals 71.6% 28.4%
I am bad at keeping relationships secret from my parents 50.3% 49.8%
I have had thoughts about suicide 41.5% 58.5%
I can be friends with anyone 39.0% 61.0%
I prefer being with lots of people 32.9% 67.1%

Q2: Have you ever been bullied? (Sample size=800)

  Yes No
46.5% 53.5%
56.0% 44.0%

Q3: Are you gentle to other people? (Sample size=800)

  Yes No
76.3% 23.8%
71.5% 28.5%

Q4: Are you a herbivore boy or girl? (Sample size=800)

  Yes No
60.3% 39.8%
53.3% 46.8%

Q5: Do you want to be attractive to the opposite sex? (Sample size=800)

  Yes No
69.8% 30.3%
54.0% 46.0%

Q6: How do you feel about various aspects of Japan? (Sample size=800, multiple answer)

I like Japanese culture 84.1%
I like Japan 76.8%
I respect, love Japan’s history 67.4%

Q7: How do you feel about various aspects of internationalisation? (Sample size=800, multiple answer)

English is necessary for the future 75.6%
Even though there are lots of attractive opportunities for work abroad, I don’t want to take the plunge 48.4%
I want to study overseas, even just for a short time 47.9%
Rather than expanding my vision on overseas travel, domestic travel where I can be understood is more reassuring 47.0%
When looking for a job, rather than a growth industry that requires English, I prefer the civil service 45.9%
I prefer Japanese songs where I can understand the lyrics to overseas music 41.5%
Major league baseball is more interesting that Japanese baseball 10.3%

Q8: How do you feel about various aspects of Japanese society? (Sample size=800, multiple answer)

I understand why people don’t marry or delay marriage 54.1%
There is no systems in the Japan of today to support young people who wish to stand on their own two feet 47.8%
There’s a big risk being an adult in Japan today 46.4%
In order to have sufficient social welfare, I’m not bothered whether there is tax rises 45.0%
Japan today has an unfair society, and should be corrected 41.4%
In today’s world, women are stronger than men 36.4%
It’s OK if there’s disparity 34.3%
The shrinking birth rate is the responsibility of those in their twenties or thirties, rather than new adults 33.5%
I agree with Japan’s education system 15.0%
I want to participate in politics by standing for election somewhere 13.8%
I think Japan’s politics are proceeding well 2.4%


RMilner · January 12, 2011 at 04:38

It’s amusing that nearly half of Japanese youngsters think there need to be more systems to help support people to stand unsupported.

    Ken Y-N · January 13, 2011 at 00:59

    Hah, I missed that one! Yes, quite a contradiction.

    anthony · January 23, 2011 at 22:15

    Come on, you can do better than that.

Tkhsh · January 13, 2011 at 02:44

About a fourth don’t want to attract the opposite sex. Are they gay or something?

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