University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0329
Survey Title The Questionnaire Survey on Work and Life of Workers, 2001.10
Depositor JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
(Former Name:Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards)
Restriction of Use For detailed information, please refer to 'For Data Users' at SSJDA website.

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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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SSJDA Data Analysis Not available
Summary This survey aims to clarify economic, employment, and living trends as seen from the perspective of workers and to obtain basic information with which to consider policy issues from the perspective of improving employment and quality of life. This is done by periodically exploring workers’ attitudes toward economic trends in Japan, their current state of work and living, future perspectives, and so on.

At the Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, we periodically conduct questionnaire surveys to clarify trends in the Japanese economy and the current state of employment and living from the viewpoint and attitude of workers to obtain information to understand the current economic situation. Simultaneously, we explore the mid-to-long term improvements in living standards through fixed-point observation of quality of life. The first survey was conducted in April 2001. This is the second survey. Previous survey is also archived in the SSJDA.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Private company employees in their 20s to 50s who live in the Greater Tokyo Area or Kansai region
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 820 people, number of valid responses: 754 people, valid response rate: 91.9%

Please note that 76 responses were from people who were not employed. After excluding these responses, the number of valid responses were 678 and the response rate was 82.7%
Date of Collection 2001-10-18 ~ 2001-10-29
2001/10/18 (Thu) – 10/29 (Mon)
Time Period 2001 ~ 2001
Spatial Unit kanto
The Greater Tokyo Area (Keihinyo (Tokyo-Yokohama-Chiba) Major Metropolitan Area in the 1997 (Heisei 9) Employment Status Survey”) and Kansai region (Keihanshin (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) Major Metropolitan Area in the same survey)
Sampling Procedure Other
In extracting the sample, we took into account the population size of private employees in the Greater Tokyo Area and Kansai region, and the ratio of the total sample in each area was set at 2:1. Furthermore, the sample allocation criteria were prepared in consideration of the distribution of employees by gender, age group, and employment type (full-time employment, part-time workers/temporary workers (aubaito)) in the Greater Tokyo Area and Kansai region of the “1997 (Heisei 9) Employment Status Survey.”

Based on these allocation criteria, 820 people living in the Greater Tokyo Area and Kansai region were extracted from the access panel of INTAGE Inc. (approximately 100,000 people nationwide).

Respondents of the last survey were excluded from this survey.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Questionnaires for self-administered mail survey were distributed
Investigator Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, survey carried out by INTAGE Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0329
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Questionnaire
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items Questionnaire items:

(1) Economic trends and business situation at place of employment
Current Japanese economy compared with one year ago, reasons for feeling the economic climate is improving, Japanese economic forecast one year later, work status, current business situation of company

(2) Restructuring at the place of employment and unemployment concerns
Implementation of recession policies in the past year (staff reduction, downsizing of a business division, restrictions on overtime, temporary transfers, relocations, wage cuts), anxiety about recession policies implemented, anxiety about work and about deteriorating working conditions, changes in the situation that are currently occurring or could occur in the future at the place of employment, experiences at work and regarding working conditions, desire to change place to work and reasons, measures for self-protection against unemployment, anxiety about becoming unemployed in next one year, reemployment under the same conditions after unemployment, nearby experience of bankruptcy, unemployment, etc. and to whom it happened

(3) Income, consumption and living conditions (comparison with one year ago/perspectives for one year later)
Increase or decrease in personal wage income, increase or decrease in household income, reasons for increase or decrease in household consumption and reasons for the change, sense of fluctuation in prices, changes in household living conditions

(4) Level of life satisfaction
Satisfaction level with daily life (income, assets, living environment, leisure/spare time, work, inner happiness, life in general)

(5) Evaluation of employment maintenance efforts of government
Degree of effort of Japanese companies to maintain employment, degree of effort of labor unions to maintain and secure employment against corporate restructuring, degree of effort of government on risk mitigation

(6) Awareness of policy issues and medical insurance reform
Policy issue priorities and degree of realization, thoughts on medical insurance reform plan

Face items:
Gender, age, marital status, highest level of educational attainment, household income, industry, number of employees at workplace, labor union (existence, membership status), employment status, occupation type, years of service, experience changing jobs

In addition, regarding household composition and number of family members, area of residence, type of residence, and number of years of residence, we use monitor registration basic information (investigated by INTAGE Inc. at the time of applicants’ registration, which is updated annually) (This does not comprise the situation at the time of survey.)

Date of Release 2004/03/01
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Economic conditions and indicators
Labour relations/conflict
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Employment/Labor
Version 1 : 2004-03-01
2 : 2007-03-19
Notes for Users Using the access panel registration information, company employees, supervisors/managers, and part-timers/casual part-timers (arubaito) were extracted as survey respondents (754 people) working as private company employees. However, the working status at the time of the survey was 678 employees, 34 self-employed workers/doing side jobs at home/helping a family business, and 42 people unemployed. Some report items collect observations based on the total number of respondents, while others collect observations about employed people.