Snoozing favourite secret office activity


Today we have a fun little survey from goo Ranking looking at what Japanese surreptitiously get up to at work.

Note that the two different kinds of dozing; at 4 we have “sleep”, which implies, perhaps, leaving the office and finding a quiet corner to lie down for 40 winks, whereas 9, “snoozing in the toilets” is just what it says, taking some extra time in a cubicle at the office. I’m kind of surprised “boozing” doesn’t appear in the list, but I’d like to know how much of the “other” category was this.

I’m not really aware of people doing surreptitious stuff in my office, but perhaps that shows how skilled they are at it? If I were to be cynical, not that I ever would be, it would be “work”, as everyone seems fully occupied with busy work and meetings and document preparations, but how things actually progress is still a mystery to me.

Here’s someone sleeping on the job:

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Secrets to take to the grave

Do you have secrets to take to the grave? graph of japanese statisticsiShare often make me smile with the curious topics they investigate, and this one is no exception, what secrets people want to take to the grave.


Between the 3rd and 6th of August 2010 415 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.8% of the sample were male, 33.7% in their twenties, 32.8% in their thirties, and 33.5% in their forties.

I’ve probably got one, no two, secrets that I’ll never mention; one is bad, the other is just embarrassing. That’s really about all I’m prepared to say regarding this survey!
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Secrets to be kept from your Japanese girlfriend

And, of course, in the interest of equality, secrets women are keeping from their Japanese boyfriends. This was the topic of a recent goo Ranking survey, for both men’s secrets and women’s secrets.


Between the 22nd and 26th of January 2009 1,071 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 51.8% of the sample were male, 6.9% in their teens, 14.3% in their twenties, 28.9% in their thirties, 27.8% in their forties, 11.3% in their fifties, and 10.8% 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.

Looking at the answers, one can assume that it is mostly the single people who are answering, but even still it does paint a picture of rather casual relationships with cheating being an activity that many people are participating in.

For me personally, number three is pretty close, but in a good way. Before I met my wife my ideal was based on relatively low expectations, I suppose, but she is so completely different to the sort of person I thought I could ever hope to meet. Ahh, I could go on and on about her, but then we’d get into number six territory!
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