University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0429
Survey Title 2nd Questionnaire on Unease in Social Life, 2004
Depositor The Nikkoso Research Foundation for Safe Society
(Former Name:Research Foundation for Safe Society)
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Summary This survey was conducted to examine public awareness concerning the experience of being a victim of crime, anxiety about becoming a victim of crime, local public safety and prevention measures, and so on. It was conducted with the objective of providing the basic materials for establishing crime prevention measures based on public awareness and demand. Simultaneously, the survey aims to examine crime-related problems that are urgent at the time, and, on this occasion, it looks at juvenile delinquency and crime committed by foreign nationals in Japan.

Furthermore, this survey is conducted periodically to understand the interim changes in public awareness of crime anxiety and other related issues. The first survey was conducted in 2002, and this is the second survey. 
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe 2,500 randomly selected individual men and women aged 20 and up and their households in municipalities across Japan as of September 30, 2004
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size
Date of Collection 2004-10-07 ~ 2004-10-25
Time Period 2004 ~ 2004
Spatial Unit Japan
Number of survey responses: 1,782 (response rate 71.3%)
Sampling Procedure Probability: Systematic random
Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Two-stage stratified random sampling method

First, we divided Japan into five regions based on urban scale, then selected 150 locations that well represent the whole Japan in terms of region and scale. From each location, 16 to 17 people were sampled using systematic sampling (sampling at regular intervals) from the Basic Resident Register. In the areas in which the Basic Resident Register was not available to the public to see, people were sampled on site.
Mode of Data Collection The survey was conducted by mailing a “survey request” postcard to sampled survey subjects in advance and then afterward by having survey staff visit survey subjects, ask them to fill out the forms themselves, and then collect the forms on the date subjects specified.
Investigator Research Foundation for Safe Society, survey carried out by Public Opinion Research Center
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0429
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items (1) Experience as a crime victim and filing police reports
(All types of crime victim experience of family members of the same household (16 items)/number of times/number of reports)

(2) Anxiety and risk perception toward crime victimization
(Presence of anxiety about crime victimization, anxiety about household family members encountering crime, person who harmed family members, degree of anxiety about each type of crime, awareness of possibility of self or family being the victim of various crimes (risk awareness), locations that cause anxiety about crime, triggers of anxiety in the local area, presence of anxiety about walking alone at night)

(3) Local public safety and crime prevention measures
(Physical sense of public safety in the local area, physical sense of Japan’s public safety, respondent’s own crime prevention measures, requests for the police, requests for the government, opinion about the installment of crime prevention cameras in public spaces, neighborhood patrols, intent to participate in crime prevention measures, reasons for not participating in crime prevention measures, assessment of important details for crime deterrence)

(4) Juvenile delinquency/crime
(Perception of quantitative/qualitative trends in juvenile delinquency, delinquency issues that need attention, whether respondent warns young people about smoking, causes of juvenile delinquency/crimes)
(5) Crime by foreign nationals in Japan
(Perception of quantitative trends in crime committed by foreign nationals in Japan, crime prevention measures)

(6) Survey subject’s relationship with the local area
(Years of residence, desire to continue living in the local area, presence of people in the neighborhood respondent can mutually help, awareness of local elementary and junior high school students, participation in neighborhood associations and residents’ councils, participation in local volunteer organization activities, number of years the local residents have been living in the area)

(7) Survey Subject’s Attributes
(Gender, age, marital status, family structure, area of residence, type of residence, occupation, annual household income)
Date of Release
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Crime and law enforcement
Community, urban and rural life
Social behaviour and attitudes
Social conditions and indicators
Topics in SSJDA Security/Crime/Disaster
Version 1 : 2006-05-23
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.