University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0850
Survey Title Japanese General Social Surveys <JGSS-2010>
Depositor Osaka University of Commerce
(Former Name:JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce and Institute of Social Science at The University of Tokyo)
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission Usage period is unlimited for research purposes. Usage period is one year for educational purposes.
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Summary Institute of Regional Studies at Osaka University of Commerce (key institute on the frontiers of academic projects designated by the Ministry of Education) launched JGSS project in collaboration with the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce (Joint Usage/Research Center accredited by Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) has taken over the project.

There have been 2 pilot surveys and 9 main surveys (JGSS-2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009LCS, 2010) so far, and main surveys will be conducted biennially hereafter. Generally, surveys consist of questions to understand time-series shifts and topical issues. In addition, there have been multiple developments in the surveys. In JGSS-2003, 2 separate self-administered questionnaires were prepared, and special module (social network questions) was set in to one of the questionnaire forms (Form B). Since JGSS-2005, survey questions have been publicly sought from researchers in and outside of Japan, and included in main surveys. Since JGSS-2006, questions for the EASS (East Asian Social Survey) have been incorporated.

EASS project is a cross-national survey which incorporates a common module into repeated social survey already implemented in each country and region. It is planned to conduct every two years starting from 2006. The constituent teams that launched the EASS were JGSS, Taiwan Social Change Survey (TSCS), Korean General Social Survey (KGSS), and CGSS (Chinese General Social Survey). The theme for EASS 2006 is "Families in East Asia" and for 2008 is "Culture and Globalization in East Asia" and for 2010 is "Health and Society in East Asia."

JGSS-2010 consists of replicating questions, topical questions, publicly-sought questions, and EASS module. Respondents' basic demographics, such as their occupations and family structure, are asked in face-to-face interview, while their daily behavior and attitudes are asked in self-administered questionnaire. There are two forms of self-administered questionnaires. Form A mainly consists of replicating questions and topical questions, and Form B mainly consists of EASS module. Form A and Form B were randomly distributed to a half of the sample.

EASS integrated data can be obtained from EASSDA
Universe Men and women 20 - 89 years of age living in Japan as of December 31st, 2009.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample Size: 9,000

                      Form A Form B
Sample             4,500 4,500
Valid Responses 2,507 2,496
Response Rate  62.2% 62.1%
Time Period February - April, 2010
Spatial Unit All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Two-stage stratified random sampling; stratified by regional block (6) and population size (4). 600 sampling points.
Mode of Data Collection Both face-to-face interview and placement (self-administered) method.
Investigator JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce

Director of JGSS Research Center : Prof. IWAI Noriko, Osaka University of Commerce
Chairperson of the Steering Committee : Prof. TANIOKA Ichiro, President, Osaka University of Commerce
Vice-chairperson of the Steering Committee : Prof. MAEDA Yukio, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

The fieldwork was entrusted to the Central Research Services Inc.
Sponsors (Funds) The project is subsidized by the Ministery of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, which accredited JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce as a Joint Usage/Research Center.
Related Publications (by the Investigator) JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce Eds., JGSS-2010 Codebook, 2011

JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce Eds., JGSS Monographs (11), 2011

JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce Eds., JGSS Monographs (12),, 2012
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items See "List of Questions" at
Date of Release 2013/03/27
Version 27 March 2013: version1.0
20 Oct 2015: revised
Topics Society/Culture
Notes for Users Data sets are prepared in English and Japanese.

Due to data correction, dataset may be revised in future. Information on the data correction is presented at

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