Japanese children and teeth braces


The web site EPARK Dentist, a dental clinic listing, rating and appointment site, recently decided to publish a survey on braces for children.

Looking at the web site, my usual dentist when I lived in Osaka is this guy, who I can heartily recommend, and while I’m in the Tokyo area, I visit here, who is OK. Note that both these clinics do not do what a lot of foreigners complain about, which is dragging out teeth cleaning over multiple visits; without prompting, they have both offered to do everything in one go.

This dental clinic slogan amuses me:

No teeth, no life!!
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Japanese kids’ loved and hated fruit and veg

Today’s survey was a look at children’s liked and disliked fruit and vegetables.

My most hated vegetable as a child, Brussels sprouts, are very much a rarity here in Japan, so I suspect not many children have tasted one, let alone have an opinion on them. I think the most interesting result here is how few children actually have disliked vegetables.

When Inside Out (or Inside Head as it was called here) came out in Japan, a scene featuring broccoli was changed to green peppers, because as you can see below, just one percent of Japanese children admit to green pepper love, versus 18% for broccoli.

Here’s some loved and hated strawberries:

Strawberry People ClubMed Kabira Press Tour
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Surprising stuff kids could buy in post-war Japan

goo Ranking recently published a list of stuff people were surprised to learn kids could buy in post-war Japan, specifically the Showa Era, up to 1989.


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Here is the closest kids these days can come to number 6, Kids’ Beer, or more correctly since it has recently been renamed, Kids’ Drink.

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Favourite children’s fairy tales

When did you start reading fairy tales to your child? graph of japanese statisticsMi-te, an illustrated book community aimed at parents with pre-school children recently conducted a survey on traditional Japanese fairy tales.


Between the 19th of February and 4th of March 2013 480 members of their 400,000 people-strong web site completed a members-only survey, accessible through both computers and mobile phones. 309 people used a computer, 190 a mobile devicce (obviously some used both), 120 people had an “iku-memo” (shared child-growth calendar. I would presume) and 19 a “yomi-log” (blog?), and 13 a photo-bee (photo album?). 97.7% of the respondents were female, 0.8% 20 years old or younger, 5.4% between 21 and 25 years old, 16.5% between 26 and 30 years old, 33.1% between 31 and 35 years old, 26.9% between 36 and 40 years old, 13.1% between 41 and 45 years old, and 4.2% aged 46 years old or more. Furthermore, the youngest child of 31.8% was zero years old, 20.4% was one year old, 9.8% was two years old, 12.5% was three years old, 7.5% was four years old, 4.2% was five years old, and 13.8% six or more years old. Finally, 55.8% had one child, 34.2% two children, 8.3% three children, and 1.7% four or more children.

Like many of the Western fairy tales, the stories have been considerably revised and cleaned up over the years. In Momotaro, for instance, the current story has Momotaro appearing from a peach and being adopted by an elderly couple; the original tale was that a spirit grants the old couple a wish, they ask for their youth back for one night, and Granny ends up pregnant with Momotaro…

I’ve linked below to translations of the various Japanese stories.
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Features of a Japanese only child

I just have time for this quicky from goo Ranking tonight, a look at the distinctive features of an only child.


Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

In university one of the guys I flat-shared with was an only child, and he probably matched just about every answer here!
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IT literacy in Japanese primary schools

Have you ever taught a lesson that used iPads, etc? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey from goo Research, conducted in conjunction with the primary school children-oriented site Kids goo, looked at primary school teachers’ work, and in particular their use of IT, information technology.


The sample came from primary school teachers registered with the goo Research online monitor group, and 206 people responded to the survey. Further details, including basic information like when the survey was conducted, was not reported.

Although the sample is quite small, note that it was targeted at elementary school teachers, so the accuracy is perhaps better than a quick look at the numbers would suggest.

I don’t know how computers are used in schools, really, but I do worry that replacing concrete, tangible activities with computer-based ones (if that, indeed, is what is going on) is detrimental to children’s development.

Research results

Q1: What sources do you use for preparing lessons? (Sample size=206, multiple answer)

Practical lessons44.2%
Television, video18.9%

Q2: Do you feel a gap between your and your pupils’ computer skills? (Sample size=206)

Pupils are ahead by a wide margin32.0%
Not much gap, but pupils are more skilled24.3%
No gap43.7%

Q3: Which of the following computer skills do you have? (Sample size=206, multiple answer)

Can use mail efficiently86.9%
Can answer questions from students77.7%
Can teach them about online morals62.1%
Can respond to computer problems during lessons61.2%

Q4: Have you ever had a pupil or parent, guardian discuss internet issues with you? (Sample size=206)

From pupils26.7%73.3%
From parents, guardians15.0%85.0%

Q5: Do you have worries about pupils’ internet use? (Sample size=206)

Can’t say19.9%

Q6: What kinds of web sites might you want to use, let your pupils use? (Sample size=206, multiple answer)

Protects children’s safety75.7%
Designed for children73.8%
Information arranged by subject, school grade, etc70.4%
Can trust the site operators61.7%
Widely-known, famous33.0%
Recommended by the Board of Education22.3%

Q7: Have you ever taught a lesson that used iPads, other tablet computers? (Sample size=206)

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Childish actions Japanese still do as adults

Since today is Children’s Day, goo Ranking celebrated by publishing this survey looking at childish actions that people can’t quit.


Over the 29th of February and the 1st of March 2012 1,175 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.0% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 29.3% in their thirties, 24.1% in their forties, 10.6% in their fifties, and 9.5% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

For me, it’s kicking up piles of leaves and booting pine cones down the road! I also do the cake size comparison, which does annoy the spousal unit no end.

Let’s have a picture not related the survey, but of koinobori, the carp streamers that fly every Children’s Day. And a Wooden Horse of Troy.

Mt Fuji, Koinobori
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Gaga papas

Do you think you, your husband is an ikumen? graph of japanese statisticsIt’s a while since I’ve had an iShare survey, so I’m not just pleased to see an update, but also to see a rather interesting topic being surveyed, that of child-rearing and doting fathers, with both the husbands rating themselves and wives rating their husbands.


Over the 15th and 16th of March 2012 726 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.3% of the sample were female, 33.7% in their twenties, 33.2% in their thirties, and 33.1% in their forties, furthermore, all were married with a pre-school child. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Benesse’s Women’s Mall.

If you want to find out how doting a parent you are, Benesse’s Women’s Mall offer a self-test.

In the survey below, I use the Japanese term イクメン, ikumen, which describes men who proactively take part in child-rearing, and who grow up themselves while enjoying child-rearing.
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Three in four Japanese fathers don’t communicate sufficiently with their children

Do you communicate with your children on weekdays? graph of japanese statisticsAs a break from the recent flood of goo Research, here is iShare looking at intra-family weekday communication.


Over the 25th and 26th of January 2012 683 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service who were married, in employment, had children in primary school or younger, and lived with their spouse and children completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.1% of the sample were male, 5.6% in their twenties, 52.6% in their thirties, and 41.9% in their forties.

Question six in particular might look a little out of place, but that is because the survey was sponsored by Logicool (Logitech) on the launch of their wide screen HD 1080 pixel web camera Logicool HD Pro Webcam c920. They also sponsored a second survey as part of their promotional campaign, but I haven’t translated it yet.

In Q1 and Q3 I don’t know if they are asking people to measure the time that they are in the same vicinity, specifically different rooms in the same house, or if they are asking when people are in the same room.
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Japanese preteens on the internet

At what age did your child first start using the internet? graph of japanese statisticsRecently goo Research published the results of a survey into internet usage by elementary school children in Japan.


Between the 1st and 11th of October 2010 13,925 members of the goo Research monitor panel who were guardians of children of elementary school age completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No demographic information on the children was supplied, but the adults were 54.4% female, 1.1% in their twenties, 40.8% in their thirties, 53.2% in their forties, and 4.8% aged fifty or older. It is also not clear how guardians with multiple children completed the survey.

At least most of the children seem to be well-policed regarding their internet use, with the majority spending less than an hour online a week, and email and chat being less frequent activities.
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