University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0623
Survey Title Survey on Young People's Life and Work, 2003
Depositor The Institute for Research on Household Economics
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Summary Recently, against the backdrop of a declining birth rate, increasing non- or late marriages, and changes in work circumstances, especially fluctuations in advancement to work from school and changes in abilities to maintain self-sufficiency, there has been rising social interest in “young people,” broadly defined. What previously seemed to be the natural life course of graduating from school, immediately starting work, getting married, and having children is no longer so clear, and discussions have started concerning steps society can take if such changes become the norm.

In light of this, the “Young people’s life and networks” study group of the Institute for Research on Household Economics study group (Chief Examiner: Shinji Nozawa) initiated the “Survey on Young People's Future” in 2001. This project involved a questionnaire survey of approximately 700 unmarried men and women aged 25 to 34 years living in Tokyo and attempted to obtain a multifaceted/comprehensive view of the realities of their lives and their life attitude in the midst of change and an outlook for the future.

This survey was designed with the aim of comprehensively understanding the current state of young people, focusing on five areas that include not only on “work,” “marriage,” and “parental relationship” but also “household budget” and “social networks” as new areas for understanding with depth the realities of youth life.

A preliminary survey was conducted from November to December 2002, and this main survey was conducted based on the results thereof.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Unmarried men and women aged 25 to 34 years
Previously married people with experiences of separation by divorce or death were not included as subjects.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 2,080 people
 Among them, 1,881 people are unmarried (matching sample criteria)  
Final sample size: 703 people
Response rate: 37.4%
Date of Collection 2003/06/06 – 07/15
Time Period
Spatial Unit One of the special wards (ku) in Tokyo
Sampling Procedure A total of 2,080 people were extracted by two-stage stratified random sampling from the Basic Resident Register.

In the primary sampling, 80 survey sites were extracted, and then, in a secondary sampling, 26 people were extracted per each survey site. Furthermore, households with children aged 9 years or younger were excluded.

Survey site was a ward (ku) in Tokyo.
Mode of Data Collection Placement (self-administered) method

Envelopes were prepared to place questionnaires inside for collection to protect the privacy of respondents.
Investigator The “Young people’s life and networks” study group of the Institute for Research on Household Economics, survey carried out by Marketing Center, Inc.
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)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Attributes
- Gender, age, siblings, highest level of educational attainment, school attended prior to entering specialized training college

(2) Parents (both about father/mother)
- Condition of health, highest level of educational attainment, employment-related status, job details, current work status, current place of residence, degree of satisfaction with relationship with parents

(3) Residence
- Type of housing,cohabitants,household roles,desire to leave parents’ home,reasons that respondent left parents’ home,frequency of returning to parents’ home,frequency of contact with parents’ home,frequency of assistance from parents (receiving food items, etc., eating dinner at parents’)

(4) Relationships with people other than parents
- Number of people respondent can ask for advice on personal problems other than parents
- (Answer respectively for four close acquaintances) gender,age,relationship,employment-related status,marital status,highest level of educational attainment,frequency of meeting,frequency of contact,distance from residence
- Relationships among the four close acquaintances

(5) Job
- Work experience
- (Regarding First job) Employment-related status,job details,size of company of the workplace, pathway to the job,start year of employment
- (Changing/leaving jobs) Experience of changing/leaving jobs, when respondent left the first job,reason for leaving first job,number of companies previously worked at
- (Regarding current job) Employment-related status,job details,size of company of the workplace,pathway to the job,start year of employment
- Degree of job satisfaction (salary,job details, workplace interpersonal relationships,working hours), possibilities related to work (changing/leaving job, promotion, pay cuts), measures for the future,part-timer (freeter) experience,years respondent worked as a part-timer (freeter)

(6) Household budget
- Annual income, presence of financial assistance from parents, amount of financial assistance from parents, amount of monthly spendable income, monthly expenditure (living expenses, loan repayments, savings), breakdown of living expenses, whether or not respondent provides financial assistance to parents, amount of financial assistance for parents, monthly living expenses to live alone, amount of savings, presence of a loan, lender, purpose of borrowing, debt balance (housing, other than housing), whether or not respondent uses credit cards, name of the bill

(7) Life consciousness, etc.
- Intention to marry, personality/views on life, etc. (6 items), state of mind and boy (6 items), degree of satisfaction with current life
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