Japanese expectations for the World Cup

Do you think Japan will progress past the league stage? graph of japanese statisticsWith Japan about to kick-off their World Cup tournament playing Cote D’Ivoire in just over seven hours time, I just have time to squeeze in this survey from @nifty looking at people’s expectations for the World Cup.


Between the 30th of May and the 5th of June 2014 4,694 members of the @nifty service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.

I’m probably going to watch the match tomorrow morning, although I might just have to listen in on audio as Sunday morning is my vacuuming time. For the final match against Greece, the office is have a group viewing on the hundred-and-whatever-inch television we have. The match is due to finish at 8:45 am local time, but as work officially starts at 8:30 the management has generously offered to, err, switch the telly off at 8:25 so we can all get ready for the start of work. I predict there will be more people taking holidays or finding an excuse to come in to work slightly later than actually watching in the office; I might even make up some excuse myself and attend a public viewing.

Japan wants food-related World Cups!

With Japan due back from Germany tomorrow morning (no, I have no confidence in them being able to beat Brazil by two clear goals), let’s look at a recent ranking survey by DIMSDRIVE Research on what people would like to see a World Cup of. They interviewed 4,597 members of their internet monitor group, with 2,383, or 51.8%, male.

Note that many of the sports mentioned already have world championships, so perhaps people mean they want to see coverage of these events, or they are ignorant of their existence, as I was too until I started searching. The links you see below go to existing world championships or world federations of the sports mentioned, or just news of such events.

Note also that the top three involve food either directly or indirectly.

Net use to increase during World Cup

During the World Cup, how will your internet time change? graph of japanese opinionjapan.internet.com presented the results of a survey by goo Research into the FIFA World Cup™ and the internet. They interviewed 1,015 people from their monitor group on the 16th to 18th of this month (Japan’s second match against Croatia kicked off late on the evening of the 18th). The sample was 57.2% female, 3.0% were in their teens, 20.3% in their twenties, 42.9% in their thirties, 22.7% in their forties, 8.0% in their fifties, and 3.2% in their sixties.

The article gives a gratuitous plug to the Firefox plugin Joga, so I will too, even though I am an Opera man myself.

Typical Japan supporter: at home with a beer in one hand and a chocolate in the other

How do you predict the Japan team will do? graph of japanese opinionOver four day in the middle of May, goo Research asked 2,124 members of their monitor group by means of a private internet-based questionnaire about their thoughts on the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup™. The survey group was 50.8% female, 16.8% in their teens, 16.4% in their twenties, 20.4% in their thirties, 20.9% in their forties, 19.3% in their fifties, 5.3% in their sixties, and just 0.9% aged 70 or older.

70% of Japanese will watch World Cup at home

Who do you think will win the 2006 World Cup? graph of japanese opinionMyVoice surveyed thier community at the start of May to find out what their plans were for the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup™. They got 14,800 replies to their private internet questionnaire, with 54% of the respondents female. 4% were in their teens, 22% in their twenties, 39% in their thirties, 23% in their forties, and 12% in their fifties.

I’d like to watch a number of the World Cup matches, but sadly wifey controls the remote! I’ll probably have to make do with the highlights on news programs, which will no doubt be 95% covering the Japanese team, then 5% for the rest of the matches. I’ve got little confidence in Zico as the manager; despite him winning the silverware at the Asian Cup, I just don’t warm to him.

The press seems to have already written off the qualifying round as a mere formality despite Croatia being rather strong, and of course there’s Brazil there too.