University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0856
Survey Title Japan Quality of Life Survey, 2012
Depositor Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan
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Summary This survey was conducted with the aim of continuously investigating and clarifying the evaluation and sentiment of quality of life, including subjective level of happiness and its supporting factors.

This survey, conducted in March 2012, was designed to cover many survey items on the evaluation of quality of life, ranging from topics such as subjective feeling of happiness and level of life satisfaction to evaluation of anxiety and public security.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe People aged 15 years and older in institutional households and people aged 15 years and older in households in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size
All Disaster areas Other than disaster areas
Number of survey subjects: 10,440 1,000 9,440
Number of responses: 6,451 627 5,824
Response rate: 61.8% 62.7% 61.7%
Date of Collection 2012-03-01 ~ 2012-03-16
Time Period 2012 ~ 2012
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Three-stage stratified sampling of municipalities, survey unit districts, and households (individuals) using the Basic Resident Register as the sampling roster
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Survey questionnaires were distributed and collected by survey staff.
Investigator Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center, Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0856
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) Face items: gender, age, marital status, family relationships, number of people in the household, number of children, employment status, highest level of educational attainment, annual household income, annual personal income, pension/insurance/social security benefits, damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake
(2) Feeling of happiness/level of life satisfaction: current level of happiness of respondent/cohabiting family members, expectation of level of happiness in five years, feelings in general, feelings in the past few weeks, evaluation of time allocation per weekday

(3) Economic situation and its subjective evaluation: difficulty in managing monthly living expenses, level of burden of home loan payments/utility expenses, etc., things respondent is unable to do for economic reasons 

(4) Residential environment: type of residence, number of years residing at current address, dissatisfaction with environment of area of residence, access to various facilities in area of residence 

(5) Subjective health/anxiety/public security: current health conditions, current and future anxieties about life, level of safety respondent feels when walking alone at night 

(6) Support from people around/social contact: area of residence of parents/relatives, frequency of contact with non-cohabiting family members, assistance usually received from people around, family/relatives/friends/neighbors who provide respondent with support and care, family/relatives that respondent supports or takes care of

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2013/04/24
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Version 1 : 2013-04-24
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.