Twenty most embarrassing situations in Japan

For such a bold title, this survey from goo Ranking into what embarrassing experiences made people wish a hole would come and swallow them up produced, on the whole, rather tame answers.

Demographics

Over the 25th and 26th of November 2011 1,074 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.4% of the sample were female, 11.6% in their teens, 14.7% in their twenties, 26.9% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.7% 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.

I quite regularly talk to myself in the office and the corridors, but I either don’t care or just do a cough to cover it up. I often snore and sometimes drool on trains, but what the heck, I’m asleep so I don’t care!
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Top twenty embarrassing incidents in Japan

I’m sure we’ve all done something embarrassing we’d wish to forget, which was the premise under which this question was asked by goo Ranking, with separate answers for both women and men.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 25th of March 2010 1,128 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 15.1% in their teens, 16.9% in their twenties, 28.8% in their thirties, 21.1% in their forties, 9.4% in their fifties, and 8.7% 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 number 8 for the ladies, rather than (or along with) using a deodorant, many Japanese women also use sweat-absorbing underarm pads.

I suppose since this is averaging out over a whole population, disappointingly most of the incidents here seem no more than minor inconveniences.

And talking of entry number one, my first virally-successful post on WJT was this one.
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