Big breasts or skinny legs, burps or farts?


Two questions, both silly, today. First up are 10,263 teenage girls from an SNS-like site Candy, asked if they’d rather have bigger boobs or skinnier legs; 86.8% went for legs, just 13.2% for breasts. The photo below is from a shrine dedicated to breasts, apparently…


Next was Research Panel’s Day Research, asking 36,625 people on the 27th of May 2013 which they disliked more; other people’s farts or other people’s burps. This was a surprisingly close 43.8% voting for (or should that be “against”?) burps, and 56.2% hating on bottom burps.

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Piercing unpopular in Japan

Research Panel recently did a Day Research quick survey on piercings; 147,357 people responded to the question.

Pierced Cosplayer

14.7% said they had one (there was no investigation into what part of the body, but the answer includes conventional ear lobe piercing), 9.7% used to have one, 8.9% didn’t have one but were interested in getting one, and 66.7% had no interest at all.

By way of comparison, according to this data, 14% of Americans and 10% of British people have piercing in places other than their earlobes, but their figures on 83% of Americans having piercings and 72% of them being women would mean that at least 60% of Americans are female, which obviously indicates an error somewhere!

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Do guys like girls with nail art?

That’s the question posed by Research Panel’s Day Research, where 149,374 people of both sexes were asked if they liked stuff like this pictured below on women:


The score for both sexes combined were 35.7% liked it, 60.7% didn’t like it, and 3.6% just didn’t know what nail art was! However, when the sexes were split, just 24.9% of guys liked it versus 70.0% who didn’t, while for the women 47.8% liked it while 50.2% didn’t. One suggestion why was offered by a matchmaker, who said that it was a huge turn-off for guys as it gave the impression of someone who wasn’t interested in doing housework.

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Do Japanese women prefer men to be long, thin or white?

Men’s hair, of course, in this Day Research by Research Panel into if you had to choose one which do you prefer on men; thinning hair, white hair, or long hair? 16,821 women from the Research Panel monitor group answered.

The top choice was white with 69.7%, 26.2% for long, and just 4.2% for thinning. Sadly I fall into the last category only. 46.7% of teenage girls selected long hair, dropping to 34.6% for those in their twenties, and from thirty upwards it was in the twenties range. However, even amongst teenage girls, white hair was the top preference. This photo might be one reason thinning hair is not popular…

Taking Measure

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Using bookstores as libraries

Today’s quickie is from Research Panel’s Day Research, looking at going to the book store or convenience store and reading books on display, called 立ち読み, tachiyomi, literally “reading standing up”, as the photo below illustrates.

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137,793 of the Research Panel monitors answered the question “Have you ever gone to a book store, convenience store, etc, read books standing up, then left without buying anything?” on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2013. 29.5% admitted to often leaving without buying, 41.8% to sometimes leaving without buying, 12.1% had never left without buying, 14.8% had never done reading standing up with or without buying, and finally 1.9% didn’t go to book stores or convenience stores.

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Gathering cockles at low tide

The season for visiting the beach and searching in the sand at low tide is upon us, so Research Panel’s Day Research asked if people had ever done so, with 137,387 people from their panel answering the question. 70.3% had done so, 28.8% had not, and 0.9% didn’t know what it was. Note that the literal Japanese phrase is “gathering at low tide”, with the shellfish implied, which might suggest why some people were unaware of the term. Furthermore, 4.1% of the teens who answered the question didn’t know what it was, and a higher percentage of the younger age groups had never done so; specifically almost a half of those in their twenties and thirties.

Gathering shellfish - 潮干狩り

This is probably not too surprising a result, and furthermore on the television news at the weekend I watched a short item on people gathering them from Osaka bay, but the voice-over pointed out that the shellfish were over the safe limit for some shellfish toxin, so people could swap their haul for edible shells at a stand on the beach!

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Japan’s favourite “nama”

Research Panel conducted a Day Research survey into which of the following “nama” do people like. The kanji character 生 may be read as nama, in which case it means live, fresh, etc. Over the 28th and 29th of April 2013 130,597 members of the Research Panel monitor group made their multiple selection.

Most popular was 生ビール, nama bi-ru, draft beer, with 48.5%. 生演奏, nama ensou, live performance had 34.9%, 生魚, nama sakana, raw fish was at 28.6%, 生野菜, nama yasai, raw vegetables at 26.4%, 生スポーツ中継, nama supo-tsu chuukei, live sports broadcast at 26.3%, 生カキ, nama kaki, raw oysters at 25.2%, 生チョコ, nama choco, fresh cream chocolate or ganache, the soft chocolate usually found in truffles, was at 24.9%, 生卵, nama tamago, raw eggs at 11.2%, 生肉, nama niku, and raw meat at 5.4%. Furthermore, 8.2% said they didn’t like any of the above nama. I’d personally choose draft beer, raw veggies, and chocolates, but here is a picture of someone who would appear to be in the 8.2%:


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Japanese remedies for fish bones stuck in throat and hiccups

Two recent-ish Research Panel Day Researches looked at curing a couple of food-related ailments, a fish bone in the throat and a dose of hiccups.

Howard Cleaning the Fish Bones at Abuja Fish Fry

On the 18th and 19th of March 2012 197,678 members of their monitor panel were asked how they most often got a fish bone unstuck from their throats. The most popular solution with 59.1% of the votes was swallowing a mouthful of rice, the Japanese variant on the method my mother taught me, swallowing dry bread. Next was 13.0% who don’t do anything in particular, 6.3% gargle, 3.7% get tweezers, etc and fish it out themselves, 2.1% go to hospital, and 4.6% some other technique. Furthermore, 9.7% had never had a fish bone stick, and another 1.4% don’t eat fish.

"Termination of Intractable Hiccups with Digital Rectal Massage"

Back in 2011, on the 17th and 18th of June of that year, 162,994 members of their monitor panel were asked what they do when they cannot stop hiccuping. The most popular solution was holding one’s breath, with 42.5% doing this; I do this and press down on my diaphram at the same time. 30.5% gulp a glass of water, 10.8% slowly breath in, 7.0% drink from the other side of a glass, 5.3% get people to suprise them, 1.9% get people to slap them on their back, and 0.4% grab their tongues in their hands and pull it for several seconds! There were 21.7% who used other techniques (hopefully none the above-pictured one!), and just 1.2% who have never had the hiccups.

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Banning luxury items

Today’s quickie from Research Panel’s Day Research is a look at what luxury items, if they were banned, would be a problem, a bit of an odd question, and an odder selection of possible answers…

136,639 members of the Research Panel monitor group answered (it must have been a hot question!), and the results were (multiple answer allowed) 47.8% and 47.7% answered coffee and tea respectively, 30.7% chose alcohol (lower than I would have thought), and 13.4% tobacco. Furthermore, 5.2% said some other luxury (chocolate seemed a popular answer!) and 8.5% would not be put out by any luxury being banned.

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Google auto-complete: majority say “What auto-complete?”

If you’ve been following the Japanese news you may have heard that a Japanese court ordered Google to remove a libellous auto-complete, a ruling that it may or may not follow. So, to see what the average member of their monitor group thought of the ruling, Research Panel conducted a quick poll. 17,905 people responded to the question “In the light of the recent defamation case, do you think Google should withdraw their auto-complete feature?” 25.4% thought Google should, 22.3% thought they shouldn’t, and perhaps reflecting the large amount of Yahoo! search users, 52.2% didn’t know about Google’s auto-complete.

What Japan auto-complete

As seen above, I think I’ll sue Google for associating my site with MLP, or My Little Pony…

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