University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0647
Survey Title Survey of Attitudes among the Elderly toward Economic Life, 2002
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, following the survey in 1995, is conducted again this time mainly focusing on the topics of employment/income. Under the theme of “attitudes among the elderly toward economic life,” items surveyed include income/spending, working, assets, and asset transfer/use, which are topics considered important for the elderly to live stable lives 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 60 years and older in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 3,000 people
Valid responses (rate): 2,077 people (69.2%)
Date of Collection 2002-01-31 ~ 2002-02-17
2002/01/31 – 02/17
Time Period 2002 ~ 2002
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 Shin Joho Center.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0647
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Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Items related to work
Current health status (Q1), current financial situation and living condition (Q2), whether or not respondent has an income-earning job and details thereof (Q3), reasons for having an income-earning job (Q4), age at which respondent can work to earn income (Q5), reasons for not having an income-earning job (Q6), necessary conditions for working (Q6-SQ), age until which respondent had an income-earning job (Q7), future intention to work for income (Q8), whether or not spouse has an income-earning job (Q9), living expenses covered by pension if earning income from job is no longer possible (Q10), methods of dealing with shortfalls in living expenses (Q10-SQ)

(2) Items related to income/spending
Average monthly income (Q11), average monthly income from work (Q12), average monthly public pension (Q13), average monthly private pension (Q14), average monthly asset income (Q15), average monthly taxes/social insurance premiums (Q16)

(3) Items related to assets (finances/real estate)
Amount of current savings (Q17), retirement lump sum amount (Q17-SQ), increase and decrease in savings (Q18), handling of savings if respondent can no longer earn income from work (Q19), savings withdrawal in twilight years (Q20), sense of sufficiency in preparing for old age (Q21), amount of savings needed for old age (Q22), whether or not respondent owns any real estate (Q23), presence of successor (Q23-SQ1), total estimated value of real estate (Q23-SQ2), methods of acquiring real estate (Q23-SQ3)

(4) Items related to asset transfer/management
Thoughts on real estate transfers (Q24), care in old age and real estate transfers (Q25), person respondent relies on in managing finance (Q26), use of asset management support system (“adult guardianship”) (Q27), assistance from children (Q28), form of assistance (Q28-SQ1), expenses for care (Q28-SQ2), social security benefits and burden (Q29), details of increased burden (Q30)

(5) Items related to respondent’s basic attributes
Gender (F1), age (F2), marital status (F3), presence of children and number (F4), presence of cohabitants and who they are (F5), household finances of cohabitants excluding spouse (F5-SQ1), main contributor to household finances of cohabitants excluding spouse (F5-SQ2), reasons for cohabiting with children (F5-SQ3), longest-held occupation (F6), spouse’s longest-held occupation (F6-SQ), region, size of city
Date of Release 2010/06/30
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Consumption and consumer behaviour
Income, property and investment/saving
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Economy/Industry/Management
Version 1 : 2010-06-30
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