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Abstract
Survey Number 0637
Survey Title Survey on Middle and Old Age Individuals' Preparations for Advanced Old Age, 2008
Depositor Director General for Policies on Cohesive Society, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan
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Summary Our nation is the world's foremost aging country. Furthermore, aging of the society is expected to continue because number of elderly people continues to rise while the population continues to decline. To understand this unprecedented aging society, a survey was conducted with the objective of understanding the needs of an aged society and contributing to the promotion of related policies. The survey focused on middle-aged and elderly people facing old age to ascertain the realities of preparing for old age and their level of satisfaction with that process.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Men and women aged between 55 and 64 years across Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 5,000 people, valid responses (rate): 3,140 people (62.8%)
Date of Collection 2008/03/13 – 03/23
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Two-stage stratified random sampling based on the Basic Resident Register
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
Investigator Director General for Policies on Cohesive Society, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center
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Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
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Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1)Life
Whether respondent feels a sense of flexibility with regard to time (Q1), preferable lifestyle in old age (Q2), information sources in daily life (Q3), dissatisfaction with daily life information (Q4), anxiety about old age (Q5), issues that cause anxiety (Q5SQ)

(2) Expenditure
Priority expenditures to prepare for old age (Q6), satisfaction with expenditure (Q7), products/services respondent is not satisfied with (16 items: clothing, groceries, housing and home products, cosmetics and toiletries, medical care and pharmaceutical products, consumer electronics, automobiles, education and training and related supplies, cleaning, dining out, transportation, lodging, communications and broadcasting, finance and insurance, electricity/gas/water supply, and others) (Q7SQ1), details of dissatisfaction by type of product or service (Q7SQ2), financial/physical damage from the purchase of products/services (Q8), type of product/service that caused damage (Q8SQ).

(3) Income and assets
Use of assets to prepare for old age (Q9), private pension contributions to prepare for old age (Q10), satisfaction with current income and savings to prepare for old age (Q11), total savings (Q12), tendency for the amount of savings to increase or decrease (Q13).

(4) Housing
Size of residence (Q14), experience with renovations to prepare for old age (Q15), plans to renovate or purchase new housing to prepare for old age (Q16), important considerations when renovating or purchasing new housing (Q16SQ), satisfaction with housing (Q17)/details of dissatisfaction (Q17SQ).

(5) Work
Retirement age (Q18SQa), employment of the elderly (Q18SQb), preparation to work in old age (Q19), dissatisfaction or issues when preparing to work in old age (Q19SQ)

(6) Health
Increase in health maintenance in preparation for old age (Q20), dissatisfaction or issues when preparing to increase health maintenance for old age (Q20SQ), anxiety about health (Q21)

(7) Self-Development and Learning
Self-development and learning in preparation for old age (Q22), self-development goals (Q22SQ1), satisfaction with self-development and learning (Q22SQ2), details of dissatisfaction (Q22SQ3)

(8) Family
Relationship with spouse in old age (Q23); relationship with children and grandchildren in old age (Q24); shared spousal (family) activities (Q25); and satisfaction with family relationships (Q25SQ).

(8) Family
Relationship with spouse in old age (Q23), relationship with children and grandchildren in old age (Q24), shared spousal (family) activities (Q25), satisfaction with family relationships (Q25SQ).

(9) Neighborhood/friends
Preferred level of interaction with neighbors in old age (Q26), current level of interaction with neighbors (Q27), relationships with friends and associates in old age (Q28), relationships with close friends and associates (Q29), level of satisfaction with current relationships with neighbors/friends/associates (Q30)

(10) Preferred policies
Satisfaction with national or local government policies (Q31), points of dissatisfaction with national or local government policies (Q31SQ), policies respondent prefers to place an importance (Q32)

(11) Basic attributes
Gender (F1), age (F2), marital status (F3), presence and number of children (F4), household family members/household structure (F5), presence of pets (F6), occupation (F17[Q18]), longest held occupation (F8), type of residence (F9), total monthly income of both spouses (F10), monthly income of both spouses from working (F11)
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