University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0146
Survey Title Japanese General Social Surveys - Pilot 2 <JGSS-Pilot 2>, October 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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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
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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 Men and women 18 or more years of age living in Japan with the right to vote
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample Size (total): 1,200
Completed Responses (valid): 790
Time Period October - November 1999
Spatial Unit All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Two-stage stratified random sampling; stratified by regional block (6) and population size(3). 81 survey points.
Mode of Data Collection All sample subjects 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.
Investigator 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 Eds., JGSS Codebook-The Second Pilot Survey, 2001
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Mensetsu hyo][Tomeoki hyo A][Tomeoki hyo B]
Major Survey Items See "List of Questions"at
Date of Release 2001/02/20
Version 2 March 2001: version 4
29 January 2002: version 5
14 April 2002: version 6
13 September 2002: version 7
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

Data usage application for instructional purpose is approved after we receive a list of students enrolled in the course; the form needs to be signed by each student.