University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0095
Survey Title Survey on Working Hours and Time Off among Employees in Japan and Germany, 1990
Depositor JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
(Former Name:Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards)
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Summary Shorter working hours are a must in order to bring affluence and comfort to the Japanese worker's life. Specifically, a 40-hour week system must be practiced to bring the total number of working hours per year to 1,800. This survey was conducted to obtain basic data for promoting shorter working hours by comparing West German workers, who are accustomed to a 5-day week and long vacation, and Japanese counterparts, who are not.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size
Date of Collection 1990-04-01 ~ 1990-04-01
April, 1990
Time Period 1990 ~ 1990
Spatial Unit
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection
Investigator JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0095
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Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographic items:
Sex; age; household composition; children by generation; spouse's occupation; annual household income; seniority; occupation; form of employment; union membership.

Questionnaire items:
Job and its nature; attitude to work; degree of satisfaction with current workplace; time for attendance and coming home; legally regulated maximum number of working hours per week; number of extra hours worked last month; number of holidays worked last month; number of compensatory hours off; reasons for doing overtime work; number of absent days by reason and method of taking leave for the past year; fatigue and stress from work; evaluation of current working hours; evaluation of achievement of efforts at shorter work hours in recent years; evaluation of union, management, and government efforts at shorter work hours; attitude to future promotion of shorter work hours; measures to be emphasized in the future; important efforts to promote shorter work hours; attitude to extended hours and weekend operation of service/commercial establishments; encouraging moments in daily life; weekend activities; what Respondent wants to do on holidays and during vacation; degree of involvement with household chores; duration, place, and expenses of long vacation.
Date of Release 2000/02/08
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Labour relations/conflict
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Employment/Labor
Version 1 : 2000-02-08
Notes for Users Data Sets are written in Japanese.