University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0638
Survey Title Survey of Attitudes among the Elderly toward Economic Life, 2007
Depositor Director General for Policies on Cohesive Society, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan
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Summary Facing aging society in the immediate future, to build a society where everyone can live a long and fulfilling life, there needs to be constant re-evaluation of social systems related to employment/income, health/welfare, learning/social participation, and the living environment to make these suited to the aging society.

From this viewpoint, this survey was conducted on men and women aged 55 years and older, mainly on the topics of employment and income. Under the theme of “attitudes among the elderly toward economic life,” items surveyed include income/spending, working, and assets, which are topics considered important for elderly people to live a stable life in their twilight years. The purpose of this survey is to contribute to the promotion of future social measures for the aging society.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Men and women aged 55 years and older in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 4,000 people, valid responses (rate): 2,176 people (54.4%)
Date of Collection 2007-01-11 ~ 2007-02-04
2007/01/11 – 02/04
Time Period 2007 ~ 2007
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Two-stage stratified random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
Face-to-face interview
Investigator Director General for Policies on Cohesive Society, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan,survey carried out by Central Research Services, Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0638
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Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Items related to work
Current financial situation and living conditions (Q1), changes in financial situation and living conditions (Q2), whether or not respondent has an income-earning job and details thereof (occupation) (Q3), retirement age (Q3SQ), reasons for having an income-earning job (Q4), desired retirement age (Q5), reasons for not having an income-earning job (Q6), age when respondent had an income-earning job (Q7), future intention to work for income (Q8), conditions respondent considers important when choosing a job (Q9), whether or not spouse has an income-earning job and details thereof (occupation) (Q10), spouse’s retirement age (Q10SQ1), up to what age respondent wants spouse to work (Q10SQ2), living expenses covered by pension (Q11), methods of dealing with shortfalls in living expenses (Q11SQ)

(2) Items related to income/spending
Average monthly income of respondent and spouse (Q12), ratio of work income/public pension (Q13), sense of burden about taxes/social insurance premiums (Q14), major expenses in the past year (Q15), spending priority (Q16), burdensome daily expenses (Q17)

(3) Items related to assets
Amount of current savings (Q18), increase or decrease in savings (Q19), whether or not enrolled in private pension/insurance and details thereof (Q20), purpose of savings (Q21), retirement preparations (Q22), savings needed for retirement (Q23), asset management in preparation of retirement (Q24), person respondent relies on in managing finance (Q25)

(4) Items related to long-term care
Care provided by children (Q26), type of care (Q26SQ), expenses for care (Q27)

(5) Items related to social security systems
Social security benefits and burden (Q28), details of increased burden (Q29)

(6) Items related to basic attributes
Gender (F1), age (F2), marital status (F3), spouse’s age (F3SQ), presence of children and number (F4), cohabitants/number (F5), household finances of cohabitants (F5SQ1–2), reasons for cohabiting with children (F5SQ3), type of housing (F6), possibility of inheriting a house (F6SQ), longest-held occupation (F7), spouse’s longest-held occupation (F7SQ), health status (F8)
Date of Release 2010/04/22
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Economic conditions and indicators
Income, property and investment/saving
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Society/Culture
Version 1 : 2010-04-22
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.