University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0756
Survey Title Survey of Young People's Attitudes (Fact-finding Survey on Social Withdrawal), 2010
Depositor Office for the General Promotion of Policy on Youth Affairs and Childrearing, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan
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Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This survey was conducted to find out the approximate number of children and young people who are “hikikomori” (“social withdrawal”) and the kinds of support they require, thereby creating the basic information for use in promoting the formation of local support networks.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Men and women aged 15 to 39 years living in municipalities in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 5,000 people, valid responses: 3,287, valid response rate: 65.7%
Date of Collection 2010-02-18 ~ 2010-02-28
2010/02/18 – 02/28
Time Period 2010 ~ 2010
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Two-stage stratified random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Self-administered survey (drop-off/pick-up method)
Investigator Cabinet Office, Director General for Policy on Cohesive Society, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0756
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) Basic attributes
- Gender
- Age
- Household family members
- Number of cohabitants
- Main provider of the household
- Living conditions
- Conditions of the community
- Illnesses for which respondent has regularly visited hospital or been hospitalized

(2) Regarding school
- State of school attendance
- School graduated from, current school
- Experiences at school when respondent was in elementary and junior high school
- Experiences at home when respondent was in elementary and junior high school

(3) Regarding work
- Current employment status
- Work experience
- Desire to get a career or continue studies  
- Job-hunting activities
- Thoughts on occupations

(4) Regarding everyday activities
- What respondent does often at home
- Usual means of communication

(5) Regarding the condition of being a hikikomori (social withdrawal)
- Usual frequency of going out
- Age when respondent became a hikikomori
- Length of time since becoming a hikikomori
- Trigger for current condition

(6) Regarding consulting organizations
- Regarding current condition, whether wanting to seek consultation
- Which organization respondent does not mind consulting about his/her current condition
- Reasons for not wanting to consult
- Experience of consulting relevant organizations
- Organizations that respondent consulted

(7) Things applicable
- Things applicable to respondent himself/herself
- Elements that cause anxiety to respondent
- Daily behavior in general

(8) Regarding state of family life
- State of family life

(9) Regarding consulting about worries
- Whether respondent wants to seek consultation from someone about worries
- Person from whom respondent wants to seek consultation about worries 
Date of Release 2011/07/21
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Version 1 : 2011-07-21
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.