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Abstract
Survey Number 0047
Survey Title Life Planning in the Long-life Era (Consumer Survey), 1992
Depositor Japan Institute of Life Insurance
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Summary For the agents of life who wish to realize the hope of living off an age of longevity affluently as well as self-selectively within the ever changing socio-economic environment, it has become extremely important to plan ahead an entire life including senior years. At the same time, it has also become important to clarify what the agents as well as the firms, organizations, and society which surround them should prepare in order to make the age of longevity an affluent one. Since its establishment, our Institute has continued to produce survey studies on changes in the socio-economic environment and people's consciousness and lives as they relate to life insurance and from the perspective of the agents of life themselves. Thus, we have had surveys on values in life and the aging society as well as surveys of women, families, and young people. This survey is a new addition to the existing body of research. Specifically, it first attempts to grasp the actual state of living, structures of affluence, and future socio-economic changes in order to draw a picture of the affluent agent of life at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and then proposes new approaches to life planning and examines what kind of infrastructure the state, local governments, and firms should prepare in the future in order to give life to the picture.
Universe Male and female individuals age 20 or above.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size 2,804 effective responses from a sample of 3,000 such individuals (Rate of effective return: 80.1%)
Time Period June 24-July 6, 1992
Spatial Unit All over Japan (233 localities)
Sampling Procedure Stratified two-stage random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Interview system
Investigator Japan Institute of Life Insurance The field work was performed by Chuo chosasha.
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Japan Institute of Life Insurance (November, 1992) Choju jidai no seikatsu sekkei [Research on Life Planning for the Age of Long Life]
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographic and other basic items:
Sex; age; occupation; marital status; husband's and wife's employment status; life stage of last-born child; number of family members living with Respondent and composition; type of family; type of dwelling; housing loan obligation; form of home ownership; intended future of home owned; number of rooms; annual income; annual household income; disposable money per month; and savings (excluding real estate).
Questionnaire items:
(1) Actual state of living and structures of affluence: life consciousness and values; important life resources (financial resources; time; living space; family, community and friends; health; leisure; and work) and degree of importance and fulfillment for 46 items; attitudes toward income, time, housing, savings, educational expenses, life after aging, etc.; number of holidays; average number of hours worked per day; commuting time; attitudes to housekeeping, childraising, etc.; hours R. wants to increase/decrease; reality and ideal of husband-wife sharing of decision-making right; weekday hours spent on husband-wife conversation; number of children; distance from married child's home; distance from parents' home; frequency of socializing with children living outside home, parents, siblings, neighbors, friends, etc; persons R. wishes to socialize with more frequently; current and desired relations with community and neighborhood; number of hobbies; annual number of travels; and anxieties about life.
(2) Planning life two decades from now: age two decades from now; marital status desired; number of children; work status; home ownership and method of acquisition; important life resources two decades from now, degree of importance, and degree of fulfillment; way of spending time and money; and ideal human relations, free time, pattern of sphere of activity, and information and services R. wants to receive 2 decades from now.
Date of Release 1998/04/01
Version Registered on April 1, 1998.
Topics Society/Culture
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