University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0186
Survey Title RENGO Questionnaire Survey on Life Styles, 1996
Depositor Japanese Trade Union Confederation
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Summary RENGO "Survey of Life," conducted every other year since 1988, has become essential data for forming policies and requests of "Spring Life Struggle (Shunto)." Union members are not only concerned with wage and working hours, but also with life after retirement and health and medical problems. Unions are facing difficulties in forming their agenda as union members concerns and needs diversifies. This survey was conducted for the purpose of understanding the realities of life and workplace of the union members, which is necessary to advance the 1997 Shunto. Some of the search items are identical to the ones used in surveys conducted in the past. This survey tries to investigate why union members cannot feel "quality and richness" in their lives. It also tries to find out what kind of life style union members wish to pursue. The survey aims to serve as a useful material for forming a precise agenda for the "life struggle."
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Members of the sub-organizations under RENGO
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size 32,700 questionnaires distributed, 19,807 effective response (60.6%) obtained.
Date of Collection 1996-08 ~ 1996-09
August-September 1996.
Time Period 1996 ~ 1996
Spatial Unit Japan
All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
Number of questionnaires to be distributed to each sub-organization was decided in proportion to the size of each sub-organization. Questionnaires were distributed and collected through sub-organizations. Respondents' age and sex were taken into account upon distributing the questionnaires.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire
Investigator RENGO
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0186
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) "Report on the 96 RENGO Survey of Life," RENGO SEISAKU SHIRYO No. 100, January 20, 1997, RENGO.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographics:
Enterprise the respondent works for, type of business; number of employees; sex, age, years of service, respondent's job; title; educational history, household members, numbers of household members and children, income source of the household; annual income of the household; residence; type of housing; experiences of being a board member of the union.

Survey Items:
Respondent's total annual wage; monthly wage (without premium for overtime work) in June 1996; hours of overtime work in June 1996; number of used vacation days in the last fiscal year; problems with job and work performance; work life between age 60 (mandatory retirement age) and 65 (the age from which one starts to receive public pension); the kind of life style the respondent wants to lead after retirement; monthly housing-related expense; problems regarding housing; age of the oldest child; monthly educational expense of the entire household and the monthly education expense for the oldest child; important things to be considered in determining one's wage; respondent's satisfaction in total annual wage; current situation of life (9items); satisfaction in current life; experience in volunteer work, desire to participate in volunteer work; the environment and systems necessary to participate in volunteer work; Japan in ten years time; ideas and thoughts on life style and working style(6 items); interest in social security systems; financial resource to be regarded as important source of revenue for tax reduction; what the respondent expect of trade unions.
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Working conditions
Equality, inequality and social exclusion
Leisure, tourism and sport
Topics in SSJDA Employment/Labor
Version 1 : 2004-10-18
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