University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0188
Survey Title RENGO Questionnaire Survey on Life Styles, 2000
Depositor Japanese Trade Union Confederation
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Summary RENGO's "Survey of Life" has been conducted every other year since in 1988, and it has become a basic data essential to forming agenda and requests for the "Spring Life Struggle (Shunto)." The survey serves for the purpose to seek the union members' reality of life and their feelings for life under a situation where the union members' needs and concerns is diversifying. This year's survey was conducted for the purpose of understanding the situation and realities of life and workplace of the union members, which is necessary to advance the 2001 Shunto. Using some of the search items used in the past, this survey tries to investigate whether union members feel "quality, richness and social justice" in their lives and, if not, the reason. It also tries to find out what kind of life style union members wish to pursue. This time as well as last time questionnaires were distributed to medium and small-sized unions through regional unions under RENGO.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Union members of the sub-organizations under RENGO, and the union members of regional unions under RENGO
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size 44,010 questionnaires distributed (33,410 people belonging to sub-organization, among which 26,550 belong to private enterprise-based unions and 10,600 belong to regional unions), 25,364 effective response (57.6%) obtained.
Date of Collection 2000-06 ~ 2000-09
June-September 2000
Time Period 2000 ~ 2000
Spatial Unit Japan
All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
Questionnaires were distributed through sub-organizations and regional unions. The 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.0188
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) "Report on the RENGO Year 2000 Survey of Life," RENGO SEISAKU SHIRYO No. 130, February 28, 2001, RENGO.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographics:

Type of business of the enterprise the respondent works for; number of employees; (those who work for private companies) sales of the company; wage and personnel management; fixed working hours; holidays; sex; age; years of working; educational history; form of hiring; type of job; composition of the household; numbers of household members and children; income source of the household; residence; type of housing; experiences of being a board member of the union.

Survey Items:

(1) Household budget: the respondent's total annual wage, in comparison with last year's total annual wage; satisfaction with the total annual wage; fixed wages of June 2000 and June 1999; income of the household, in comparison with last year's income of the household; income and expenditure of family budget; this year's expenditure for consumption in comparison with the last year's expenditure for consumption, reasons for spending less; a lump sum allowance necessary for maintaining everyday life and preferable allowance.

(2) Job and conditions of employment: time management; hours of overtime work in June 2000, in comparison with the overtime work in June 1999; overtime work without pay; numbers of paid vacation days actually used in 1999; what the respondent expect of the trade union regarding reduction of working hours; self-evaluation and treatment; satisfaction in performance appraisal; recent employment adjustment in the workplace; effect of restructuring; whether there is disparate treatment against female workers, whether discrimination has been corrected in the past few years; anxiety the respondent has for the workplace.

(3) Life after 60 years of age: evaluation of the amended Pension Law; whether the respondent has life plans for after becoming 60; images of life and work life after 60; things the respondent is worried about in his retired life.

(4) Life related services: Life related services and things concerning the environment the respondent wish to be realized; difficulties in receiving health service; problems concerning children and education; life style (7 items); participation in NPO activities and volunteer work; things the respondent expect of the union; satisfaction in current life.
Date of Release
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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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