University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0129
Survey Title Japanese General Social Surveys - Pilot 1 <JGSS-Pilot 1>, March 1999
Depositor Osaka University of Commerce
(Former Name:JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce and Institute of Social Science at The University of Tokyo)
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Summary The Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) Project is a Japanese version of the General Social Survey (GSS) project closely replicating the original GSS of NORC, University of Chicago. It provides data for analyses of Japanese society, attitudes, and behaviors, which makes possible international comparisons.
The objectives of the JGSS project are three-fold: (1) to collect and build cumulative data on general social surveys in Japan in a regular and consistent manner; thus enabling a time-series analysis; (2) to provide data for secondary analyses to researchers and university students in various social science fields; and, (3) to provide data in a format useful for international comparative studies, research and reports.
Universe Individuals in their 20s to 60s living in the Tokyo (metropolitan) area and Osaka prefecture
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size <Tokyo (metropolitan) area>
Sample Size (total): 400
Completed Responses (valid): 159

<Osaka prefecture>
Sample Size (total): 400
Completed Reponses (valid) 151
Time Period March, 1999
Spatial Unit The Tokyo (metropolitan) area and Osaka prefecture
Sampling Procedure <Tokyo (metropolitan) area>
Areas were stratified into 5: residential-1(single residences), residential-2(group housing), commercial, industrial, and agricultural areas. 4 sampling points were selected from each strata to obtain a total of 20 points.

<Osaka prefecture>
Areas were stratified into 3: Osaka city, other than Osaka city, and town/villege. A total of 20 sampling points were selected based on population ratios
Mode of Data Collection All respondents were requested to complete both the face-to-face interview and the self-administered questionnaire. The order of interview/self-administered questionnaire was decided at random.
There were two forms of self-administered questionnaire. Form A and Form B had different wording, or presented different number of response choices. For example, some questions on Form A presented a response category of "cannot decide" or "depends" in addition to the response categories of the same questions on Form B. Form A or B of the self-administered questionnaires was randomly assigned to each respondent.
Institute of Regional Studies at Osaka University of Commerce and Institute of Social Science at The University of Tokyo

Co-directors: Prof. TANIOKA Ichiro, President, Osaka University of Commerce and Prof. NITTA Michio, Director, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Co-principal Investigators: Prof. IWAI Noriko, Osaka University of Commerce and Prof. SATO Hiroki, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Project Manager: Ms. OSAWA Minae, Office of Japanese General Social Surveys c/o Osaka University of Commerce

The fieldwork was entrusted to the Central Research Services Inc.
Sponsors (Funds) The project is subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan, which designated Institute of Regional Studies at Osaka University of Commerce as a Gakujutsu-Frontier Suishinkyoten (a key institute on the frontiers of academic projects) .
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Institute of Regional Studies at Osaka University of Commerce, and Institute of Social Science at The University of Tokyo, JGSS Codebook-The First Pilot Survey, 2000
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Mensetu hyo][Tomeoki hyo A][Tomeoki hyo B]
Major Survey Items See "List of Questions"at
Date of Release 1999/10/12
Version 12 October 1999:Version 1 31 March 2003: Append variable 'iduse' 31 March 2004: 'Restriction of Use' revised
Topics Society/Culture
Notes for Users Datasets are prepared in Japanese.
Due to data correction, dataset may be revised in future. Information on the data correction is presented at

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