University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0791
Survey Title Postal Monitor/Questionnaire Monitor Comparison Edition: The Questionnaire Survey on Work and Life of Workers, 2010.10
Depositor JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
(Former Name:Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards)
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This survey, “The Questionnaire Survey on Work and Life of Workers,” aims to clarify economic, employment, and living trends as seen from the perspective of workers and to obtain basic information with which to consider policy issues from the perspective of improving employment and quality of life. This is done by periodically exploring workers’ attitudes toward economic trends in Japan and their current state of work and living.

In the ten years since the survey began, the socioeconomic environment and employment environment have changed. In particular, IT has been incorporated further into various areas, and attitudes to work and life have diversified. The researchers for this survey are considering switching to an online survey using web monitors from the 21st survey, with the aims of designing surveys that can respond to this kind of diversity and extracting topics promptly through rapid collation and analysis. Nevertheless, the fact is that there is still much scope for discussion about the reliability of social surveys through the Internet.

Given these circumstances, this survey was conducted on access panels registered with the same survey company, with the survey period, target groups, and sample size being under as close to identical conditions as possible to compare and verify the mail access panel survey and web access panel survey using the same question items.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Private company employees in their 20s to 50s who live in the Greater Tokyo Area (Saitama/Chiba/Tokyo/Kanagawa prefectures) and Kansai region (Shiga/ Kyoto/Osaka/Hyogo/Nara/Wakayama prefectures)
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Web access panel survey: 1,191 people (response rate: 54.0%)

Mail access panel survey: 793 people (response rate: 88.1%)
Date of Collection 2010-10-01 ~ 2010-10-04
Web access panel survey: 2010/10/01 – 10/04

Mail access panel survey: 2010/10/01 – 10/12
Time Period 2010 ~ 2010
Spatial Unit saitama
The Greater Tokyo Area (Saitama/Chiba/Tokyo/Kanagawa prefectures) and Kansai region (Shiga/Kyoto/Osaka/Hyogo/Nara/Wakayama prefectures)
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
Internet-based access panel survey: Allocated so that the composition ratio is the same as the population distribution composition in the “2007 (Heisei 19) Employment Status Survey (by area of residence, gender, age group, and employment status). Web survey access panel registered with a survey company (2,220 people) were requested to respond to the questionnaire.

Mail access panel survey: Allocated by the same method as the web access panel survey, and questionnaires were distributed to mail survey access panel registered with a survey company (900 people).
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)
Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, survey carried out by INTAGE Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0791
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Web monitor questionnaire
Postal monitor questionnaire 】(0766)
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items - Economic trends and prices:
Awareness of current economic trends, economic forecast, awareness of prices, price forecast

- Workplace and job:
Increase or decrease in numbers of regular employees and non-regular employees at current workplace, actual number of hours worked, anxiety about unemployment, prospects for wage income, increase or decrease in household income, current work status, intention to change jobs, level of satisfaction with workplace

- Life:
State of life in household and forecast for future, state of changes to household consumption and forecast for future, level of satisfaction with life in general

- Overtime work and unpaid work:
State of overtime work and reasons for it, payment of overtime allowance and filing status, experience of damage to health due to long work hours

- Change of regime in the 2009 general election and the current government:
Whether respondent desired a change of regime at the election, mental attitude after the change of government, forecast for the state of Japanese society due to the formation of the new Cabinet, voting in the July 2010 House of Councillors Election

- Labor unions:
Membership status and intention to join, necessity of a labor union

- Face items:
Gender, age group, marital status, highest level of educational attainment, number of hours actually worked, annual personal and household income, spouse’s employment status/actual number of hours worked, household loans, presence of children/their ages, support for the current Cabinet, attributes of workplace

*For details on survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2012/06/13
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Economic conditions and indicators
Labour relations/conflict
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Employment/Labor
Version 1 : 2012-06-13
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.

*Note for users: Usage of this survey is limited to analysis aimed at comparing the “mail access panel survey” and the “web access panel survey,” so usage applications may not be made for any other analysis purposes. As the survey corresponding to the “mail access panel survey,” 0766 has been released. For any other analysis purposes, please follow procedures to apply to use 0766.