University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0979
Survey Title Survey on the Image of Foreign Countries and Current Topics (Panel Data; Wave1-12), 2011.10-2012.9
Depositor Research Institute of Contemporary Japanese Systems, Waseda University
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Summary This survey is a nationwide Internet opinion poll consisting of 24 waves conducted continuously every month, which was subsidized by the Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Waseda University’s Research Institute of Modern Japanese Society System (Director: Professor Masaru Kono, Institute of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University), based on the “Research on Preference Formation Mechanism Related to Japanese Diplomacy,” grant number: 23243030) from October 2011 to September 2013. The survey targets consisted of panel samples that participated in the survey continuously and fresh samples that were newly extracted each month (the panels were divided into two, with the first half running from Wave1 to Wave12, and the second half running from Wave13 to Wave24.).

The purpose of this survey is to clarify the consciousness and evaluation that the people of Japan in general have in relation to defense, diplomacy, and foreign economic relations, and how their consciousness and evaluation change. The monthly surveys included the following survey items: How close do Japanese people feel to foreign countries? How much influence do people think large countries such as the United States and China, and international organizations such as the United Nations, have in the world? What kind of influence do these countries and organizations have on Japan? Do people think that the relationship between Japan and foreign countries is going in a favorable or an unfavorable direction? Furthermore, there are items such as how to evaluate the diplomatic efforts of the Japanese government.

Survey number 0979 comprises the panel sample data and fresh sample data of Waves1 to 12; survey number 0980 comprises the panel sample data and fresh sample data of Waves13 to 24; and survey number 0981 comprises the only fresh sample data of Waves1 to 24.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Registered access panels (men and women aged 20 years and older) of Nikkei Research Inc.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size WAVE           Panel       Fresh     Total
Wave1 (October 2011) 1,324 people (92.7%) 2,157 people (22.2%) 3,481 people
Wave2 (November 2011) 1,239 people (93.6%) 2,071 people (22.1%) 3,310 people
Wave3 (December 2011) 1,167 people (94.2%) 2,185 people (22.8%) 3,352 people
Wave4 (January 2012)  1,126 people (96.5%) 2,392 people (23.7%) 3,518 people
Wave5 (February 2012)  1,093 people (97.2%) 2,325 people (23.0%) 3,418 people
Wave6 (March 2012)  1,062 people (97.2%) 2,343 people (22.5%) 3,405 people
Wave7 (April 2012)  1,009 people (95.7%) 2,252 people (16.0%) 3,261 people
Wave8 (May 2012)  985 people (97.6%)  2,230 people (16.1%) 3,215 people
Wave9 (June 2012)  953 people (96.8%)  2,225 people (15.7%) 3,187 people
Wave10 (July 2012)  932 people (97.8%)  2,137 people (14.3%) 3,069 people
Wave11 (August 2012)  904 people (97.0%)  2,164 people (15.6%) 3,068 people
Wave12 (September 2012)   894 people (98.9%)  2,138 people (15.3%) 3,032 people

*Number in ( ) shows response rate.
Date of Collection WAVE         Survey period
Wave1 2011/10/14 21:15 - 2011/10/20 13:00
Wave2 2011/11/18 18:29 - 2011/11/24 13:00
Wave3 2011/12/16 19:29 - 2011/12/22 13:00
Wave4 2012/1/20 17:08 - 2012/1/26 13:00
Wave5 2012/2/17 18:28 - 2012/2/23 13:00
Wave6 2012/3/16 17:16 - 2012/3/22 13:00
Wave7 2012/4/20 17:34 - 2012/4/26 13:00
Wave8 2012/5/18 18:03 - 2012/5/24 13:00
Wave9 2012/6/22 18:52 - 2012/6/28 13:00
Wave10 2012/7/20 18:19 - 2012/7/26 13:00
Wave11 2012/8/17 12:06 - 2012/8/23 13:00
Wave12 2012/9/21 16:55 - 2012/9/27 13:00
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection Internet survey
Investigator Research Institute of Contemporary Japanese Systems, Waseda University, survey carried out by Nikkei Research Inc.
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 wave1 】 , 【 wave2 】 , 【 wave3 】 , 【 wave4 】 , 【 wave5 】 , 【 wave6 】 , 【 wave7 】 , 【 wave8 】 , 【 wave9 】 , 【 wave10 】 , 【 wave11 】 , 【 wave12
Major Survey Items [Common items of Waves1 to 12]
(1)Frequency of watching TV, frequency of reading newspapers, etc.
(2) Interest in politics, interest in international affairs, support for current Cabinet, positive feeling toward political parties
(3) Life circumstances: level of satisfaction/change compared to one month ago/whether or not there is impact from policies
(4) Economy: evaluation of economic situation/changes compared to one month ago/whether there is impact from policies
(5) Relations with each country: positive feeling toward each country, impact of policies on favorable impression of Japan, evaluation of relations with each country/change compared to one month ago, etc.
(6) Respondent’s own political position, knowledge about international institutions, etc., performance of current Cabinet, etc.
(7) Relations with each country: evaluation of government’s policies, whether the direction of Japan is right or wrong, relative importance of inside and outside the country, countries that have influence on the world, countries that have influence over Japan, Japan’s influence in the world, etc.

[Face items]
- Gender, age
- Highest level of educational attainment, annual household income, political party supported
- Marital status, number of children
- Average daily Internet usage time
- Experience living overseas for more than one year/total period of stay/country where respondent stayed the longest
- Position at work, industry of employment place, description of business of employment place
- Affiliation to organizations
- Area of residence, years at residence

*The question items that are not common items were omitted.
*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
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Topics in SSJDA International Comparison/Diplomacy
Version 2016/03/22 :
Notes for Users This data comprises of the panel sample data and fresh sample data of Waves1 to 12.