University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0857
Survey Title Japan Quality of Life Survey [Online Survey Version], 2012
Depositor Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan
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Educational Purpose Only available for research.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This survey was simultaneously conducted in parallel with the “Japan Quality of Life Survey, 2012 (0856)” for the purpose of investigating the evaluation and sentiment of quality of life, including subjective level of happiness, and its supporting factors. Many survey items were prepared covering the evaluation of people’s quality of life, ranging from topics such as subjective feeling of happiness and level of life satisfaction to evaluation of anxiety and public security.

In addition to these, the following two features are unique to this survey. First, it uses a scale to measure the degree of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and social withdrawal (hikikomori) and degree of depression. Second, it adopts an Internet survey method using an Internet access panel.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe People aged between 15 and 69 years living in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Expected number of responses: 10,000 people
Number of responses: 10,469 people
Date of Collection 2012-03-13 ~ 2012-03-16
Time Period 2012 ~ 2012
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
Regarding the respondents’ attributes (regional block/gender/age group/employment status/broad industry classification), a sampling was conducted to apply corresponding allocations based on the population ratio of the Population Census of Japan (by region/gender/age group/employment status/broad industry classification).

Specifically, it ran as follows.

- The invitation mail to participate in the survey was sent out by survey company, INTAGE, inc. to its Internet access panel. INTAGE, inc. has the attribute information of people who have registered to join the Internet access panel

- A screener survey was conducted to check response allocation

- Email messages requesting participation in the survey were sent out

- In order received, the sample was distributed by regional block, gender, a (5-year) age group, work status, and industry (major groups) based on data in the Population Census of Japan, and the sampling continued until the required number of responses were obtained
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)
Internet survey (implemented on the website created for this survey)
Investigator Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan, survey carried out by INTAGE Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0857
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: age, gender, marital status, number of years at residence, presence of children, employment status, main income source/assets of the household, debts such as home loan, pension/insurance/social security benefits, state of damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake, etc.

(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, important factors in happiness, level of life satisfaction, etc.
(3) Feelings in daily life/feelings of anxiety: everyday life/feelings, feelings in the past (yesterday/last week, etc.), how respondent feels about him or herself and about his or her life, things respondent feels anxious about, etc.
(4) Feelings about parenting/trust in the system/sense of trust in general: Feelings about parenting, trust in organizations, trust in society, sense of trust when socializing with people

(5) Support from people around: cohabiting with parents/relatives, place of residence of children/parents/relatives, means and frequency of communication with family members that do not live together, assistance received from family/people around, etc.
(6) View of work/view of occupation: perspective on work/employment, self-assessment of sociability and communication
(7) Feeling of being useful/scale of depression, etc.: feeling of being useful, whether respondent has thought about wanting to die, health condition, scale of depression, etc.

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2013/06/05
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

General health and well-being
Social conditions and indicators
Topics in SSJDA Society/Culture
Version 1 : 2013-06-05
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.