University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0174
Survey Title Questionnaire Survey on Future Life, 1995
Depositor Dai-ichi Life Research Institute
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Summary The socio-economic system in/of itself, which has been the norms of people, is changing dramatically, as we approach the 21st century. Due to the changes, many of the things we assumed as given conditions in our life plans have collapsed. Also, people's values have become diverse and some individualistic characters are seen in their life style and the way they live their lives. One's life plan, by nature, is a reflection of one's value, and these changes in the environment would bring to the people the necessity to construct a new life plan as a matter of course. The increase of one's life time as a result of longevity and the increase of one's free time in his/her youth and middle ages due to the decrease of work hours, encourage one to make a life plan different from the one he/she used to have. This survey was started in order to observe and collect data annually on the on-going changes in the socio-economic environment and people's consciousness. This survey aims to understand the reality of people's daily lives and their desire for their lives, and to clarify the role of life designing.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Male and female individuals between the age of 18 to 69.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size 3,000 people sampled, effective responses from 2,352 people (78.4%)
Date of Collection 1995-01 ~ 1995-02
January - February 1995
Time Period 1995 ~ 1995
Spatial Unit Japan
All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Two-stage stratified random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Respondents were asked by the researchers to fill out questionnaires.
Investigator Life Design Institute. Field work was conducted by Chuo Chosasha.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0174
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Life Design Institute, March 1996, Life Design White Paper 1996-97 (Raifu Dezain Hakusho 1996-97).
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Questionnaire items
(1) Health: physical health condition; mental/emotional health condition; tips to maintain health. (2) weekend and holiday life/life time education; the extent to which the respondent has free time; ways to spend weekends and holidays; people with whom the respondent go out; frequency; whether the respondent has a life work; age at which the respondent realized what his/her life work is; type of life work; desire for education. (3) life style: life consciousness (30 question items). (4) personal relationships and one's raison d'etre: current personal relationships and raison d'etre; how you wish to extend your relationships; networking activities currently involved in; reasons for being involved; networking activities you wish to be involved in in future. (5) home and family: the respondent's image of an ideal marital relationship; marital status; age at which the respondent got married; current condition of your marital relationship; desirable parent/child relationship; number of children and their ages; current condition of your relationship with your children; number of children you wish to have in the future, ideal number of children; reasons for not wanting to have children. (6) children's education: ideas and thoughts on your children's education; things you want your children to learn; worries about your children's education. (7) occupation and condition of employment: experiences of changing jobs and/or starting an independent business; current condition of employment and future plans; intentions of changing jobs and/or starting an independent business; reasons to work and for wanting to work; desirable retiring age; reasons for wanting to keep working after age 60. (8) financial situation: financial affluence; where your additional expenses will go if you become more affluent. (9) housing: type of housing; housing loans; house ownership, plans for inheriting a house; reasons for not planning to own a house; particular places you wish to reside permanently. (10) advanced age life and nursing: preparation for one's advanced age life; type of housing you wish to have in your advanced age; experience of nursing; family members who needs nursing; way of nursing; your ideas and thoughts on future nursing (way of nursing for your parents and spouse, your desirable way of nursing). (11) importance of life, satisfaction of life, optimistic view on life (10 question items). (12) life plan: image of life planning; extent to which you have planed your life; time range of your life plan; reasons for not planning things for your life; things to plan (financial aspect, non-financial aspect); things which made you to plan your life.
Demographic items:
Sex; age(of the respondent, and of his/her spouse); siblings (of the respondent, and of his/her spouse); occupation (of the respondent, and of his/her spouse); number of cohabiting family members; composition of cohabiting family members; respondent's annual income; annual income of the household.
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