University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0016
Survey Title Nationwide Fact-finding Survey on Life Insurance, 1985
Depositor Japan Institute of Life Insurance
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Summary The purpose of this survey series is to chronologically grasp and provide basic data on the state of life insurance coverage among ordinary households, their conceptions of life insurance, preparation of livelihood security against aging and for a surviving family, and knowledge on life insurance. Since 1965 a survey had been conducted by the Japan Life Insurance Association about every three years until the establishment of the current Institute in 1976, which has taken over the task since then.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe The heads of ordinary households with at least two members.
Unit of Observation Household
Sample Size 4,948 responses from a sample of 6,500 such heads. (Rate of return: 76.1%)
Date of Collection 1985-06-20 ~ 1985-07-14
June 20 -July 14, 1985
Time Period 1985 ~ 1985
Spatial Unit Japan
All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Two-stage stratified random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
Face-to-face interviewing
Investigator Japan Institute of Life Insurance The field work was performed by the New Information Center.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0016
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Japan Institute of Life Insurance (February, 1986) Showa 60-nendo seimei hoken ni kansuru zenkoku jittai chosa [The 1985 National Life Insurance Survey]
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographic items:
Sex of household head; age of household head; education of household head; occupation of household head; marital status; annual income of household head; annual household income; household savings; type of dwelling; housing loan obligations; number of family members living with Respondent; their composition; and children and state of last-born child.
Questionnaire items:
(1) Household's and household's members' coverage by private, postal, and agricultural cooperative life insurance schemes (coverage, persons insured, number of policies held, insurance money [amount paid upon maturity, amount paid upon ordinary death, amount paid upon death from casualty, and amount paid under whole-life scheme], coverage by lump-sum payment insurance policy within past year and single premiums, annual premiums, method of payment of private insurance premiums, number of private insurers, etc.); (2) coverage by individual pension schemes (type of scheme, person covered, and annual contributions);(3)private insurance policies held since 1980 (year of purchase, purchaser [person insured], route of purchase, decision-maker of purchase, reasons for purchase, purpose of purchase, relations with sales staff, degree of understanding policy details, etc.); (4) living and life insurance (how R feels about payment of premiums, affordable amount, degree of anxiety about life and necessary reserve funds for emergency and senior life, means and methods to count on (to cope with emergency, senior life, sickness, and accidents); (5) feeling of sufficiency with current insurance money, intentions for new/additional life insurance coverage and type of insurance, and reasons for not having such intentions; (6) private policy cancellation and invalidation (number of cases, period held, reasons for cancellation and invalidation, and reasons for switching to other private or fraternal insurance schemes); and (7) knowledge of life insurance and its recognition.
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