Overall, how satisfied are you with your current lifestyle? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2][part 3]

The Cabinet Office Japan recently released the results of a survey they conducted into citizens’ lifestyles. I translated a survey on the same topic in 2007, and 2005, if you wish to cross-reference.


Between the 13th of October and the 6th of November 2011 10,000 members of the public who were randomly selected from resident registers were approached for interview. Of that number, 6,212 people actually took part in the survey, conducted by means of face-to-face interviews. 53.9% of the sample were female, 8.7% in their twenties, 13.9% in their thirties, 17.2% in their forties, 15.8% in their fifties, 21.7% in their sixties, 16.5% in their seventies, and 6.1% aged eighty or older. Furthermore 71.7% of the sample were married, 13.0% divorced or widowed, 15.1% unmarried, and 0.2% did not answer. Additionally, 77.9% had children, including those that were adults or not living with them. Although 34.5% said they used the internet from a computer almost every day and 39.0% used the internet from mobile devices almost every day, there was also 45.2% and 42.8% who never used it at all from computers and from mobile devices respectively.

There seems a high level of general satisfaction with their current lifestyles, which goes against the typical foreigner’s (or perhaps I hang out in the wrong neighbourhood?) perception of the miserable wage slave slogging his life away on pointless work. Perhaps the true answer is a mix of the two images; or perhaps it is my bias, the average worker is accepting of his lot.

Research results

Q1: Compared with this time last year, how has your home life changed? (Sample size=6,212)

Improved 5.1%
About the same 70.2%
Got worse 24.4%
Don’t know 0.3%

Q2: Overall, how satisfied are you with your current lifestyle? (Sample size=6,212)

Satisfied 10.3%
Somewhat satisfied 55.3%
Somewhat dissatisfied 25.7%
Dissatisfied 7.5%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 1.1%
Don’t know 0.1%

Q3: In each of the following aspects of your lifestyle, how satisfied are you? (Sample size=6,212)

Q3A: Income, salary

Satisfied 7.2%
Somewhat satisfied 38.2%
Somewhat dissatisfied 35,5%
Dissatisfied 16.9%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 1.8%
Don’t know 0.4%

Q3B: Savings

Satisfied 4.8%
Somewhat satisfied 34.5%
Somewhat dissatisfied 37.9%
Dissatisfied 19.3%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 2.6%
Don’t know 0.8%

Q3C: Car, electrical goods, furniture and other durable consumer goods

Satisfied 15.1%
Somewhat satisfied 61.2%
Somewhat dissatisfied 17.0%
Dissatisfied 4.6%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 1.4%
Don’t know 0.7%

Q3D: Food (eating habits)

Satisfied 24.1%
Somewhat satisfied 63.3%
Somewhat dissatisfied 9.6%
Dissatisfied 2.2%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 0.7%
Don’t know 0.1%

Q3E: Home life

Satisfied 24.2%
Somewhat satisfied 55.5%
Somewhat dissatisfied 14.8%
Dissatisfied 4.7%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 0.7%
Don’t know 0.1%

Q3F: Personal, ability development

Satisfied 8.6%
Somewhat satisfied 50.3%
Somewhat dissatisfied 27.9%
Dissatisfied 5.5%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 5.5%
Don’t know 2.2%

Q3G: Leisure, free time activities

Satisfied 12.9%
Somewhat satisfied 48.3%
Somewhat dissatisfied 25.8%
Dissatisfied 9.7%
Neither satisified nor dissatisfied 2.9%
Don’t know 0.4%

Q4: How fulfilled do you feel in your daily life? (Sample size=6,212)

Sufficiently fulfilled (to SQ) 11.8%
Reasonably fulfilled (to SQ) 59.8%
A bit unfulfilled (to SQ) 21.6%
Not at all fulfilled 5.2%
Neither fulfilled nor unfulfilled (to SQ) 1.2%
Don’t know 0.4%

Q4SQ: In your daily life, which of the following do you usually feel fulfilled in? (Sample size=5,864, multiple answer)

When in the harmonious family circle 50.2%
When gathering and chatting with friends and acquaintances 43.5%
When zealously engaged in hobbies or sports 42.8%
When leisurely taking a break 42.2%
When immersed in work 33.2%
When devoted to study 13.1%
When doing voluntary work or community activities 9.0%
Other 0.8%
Don’t know 1.2%

Q5: In your daily life, do you feel uneasy or troubled? (Sample size=6,212)

Feel uneasy or troubled (to SQ) 67.1%
Don’t feel uneasy or troubled 32.0%
Don’t know 0.8%

Q5SQ: In your daily life, what do you feel uneasy or troubled about? (Sample size=4,170, multiple answer)

Planning for old age 54.6%
My health 49.2%
Prospects regarding future income or savings 41.8%
Family’s health 38.9%
Current income or savings 32.9%
Problems in family member’s life, eg education, work, marriage 28.5%
Problems in personal life, eg education, work, marriage 17.4%
Workplace issues such as tasks, interpersonal relationships 12.2%
Relationships amongst family or relatives 11.5%
Home or work management issues 9.2%
Neighbours or neighbourhood related 6.6%
Other 1.1%
Don’t know 0.2%

Q6: In you daily life, do you have time to take a break or pursue your interests, etc? (Sample size=6,212)

Have rather a lot of spare time 22.0%
Have some spare time 46.0%
Don’t have much spare time 23.1%
Have almost no spare time 8.7%
Don’t know 0.2%

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1 Comment

hitori · February 11, 2012 at 08:44

It must have taken a while to translate and summarize this data, I am happy I could read it leisurely.
Too bad I could not find the direct link to the source. I presume you took this one; http://www8.cao.go.jp/survey/h23/h23-life/index.html
(because you used the same 世論調査 for 2007 and 2005 and I could see the same topics coming back but reactions to government and the Fukushima incident (although stated plainly as 震災後) were new ones in this edition.
I once was looking for data on ijime at that site for my research paper and got quite lost.
User-friendliness is a topic that could be improved at that site.
Job well done mate. (it surprises me where you get your info from sometimes. (I also did not knew Goo ranking before I visited this site.))

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