University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0980
Survey Title Survey on the Image of Foreign Countries and Current Topics (Panel Data; Wave13-24), 2012.10-2013.9
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
Wave13 (October 2012) 1,238 people (88.4%) 2,095 people (17.2%) 3,333 people
Wave14 (November 2012) 1,129 people (91.2%) 2,137 people (15.8%) 3,266 people
Wave15 ( December 2012) 1,067 people (94.5%) 2,255 people (14.4%) 3,322 people
Wave16 (January 2013) 1,028 people (96.3%) 2,219 people (15.2%) 3,247 people
Wave17 (February 2013)  987 people (96.0%)  2,195 people (16.7%) 3,182 people
Wave18 (March 2013)  924 people (93.6%) 2,164 people (15.1%) 3,088 people
Wave19 (April 2013)  857 people (95.5%)  2,186 people (14.3%) 3,043 people
Wave20 (May 2013)  835 people (97.4%)  2,135 people (14.7%) 2,980 people
Wave21 (June 2013)  810 people (97.0%)  2,187 people (12.8%) 2,997 people
Wave22 (July 2013)  787 people (97.2%)  2,256 people (13.1%) 3,043 people
Wave23 (August 2013)  757 people (96.2%) 2,317 people (11.5%) 3,074 people
Wave24 (September 2013) 740 people (97.8%)  2,466 people (11.0%) 3,206 people

*Number in ( ) shows response rate.
Date of Collection WAVE    Survey period
Wave 13   2012/10/19 12:00 - 2012/10/26 10:00
Wave14  2012/11/16 18:00 - 2012/11/22 13:00
Wave 15  2012/12/19 16:30 - 2012/12/27 13:00
Wave 16   2013/1/18 11:00  - 2013/1/25 10:00
Wave17  2013/2/15 19:00  - 2013/2/22 10:30
Wave18   2013/3/15 17:30  - 2013/3/25 10:10
Wave19   2013/4/19 16:30  - 2013/4/26 10:30
Wave20   2013/5/17 10:30  - 2013/5/24 10:30
Wave21   2013/6/21 16:40  - 2013/6/28 10:30
Wave22   2013/7/26 12:00  - 2013/8/2 10:00
Wave23   2013/8/23 15:45  - 2013/8/30 10:00
Wave24   2013/9/20 20:00  - 2013/9/27 10:00
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 wave13 】 , 【 wave14 】 , 【 wave15 】 , 【 wave16 】 , 【 wave17 】 , 【 wave18 】 , 【 wave19 】 , 【 wave20 】 , 【 wave21 】 , 【 wave22 】 , 【 wave23 】 , 【 wave24
Major Survey Items [Common items of Waves13 to 24]
(1) Frequency of watching TV, frequency of reading newspapers, etc.
(2) Interest in politics, interest in international affairs, support for current Cabinet, positive feeling towards 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 towards 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.
(8) The importance of incidents that attracted particular attention
(9) Usual thoughts: there should be an increase in consumption tax to maintain the pension system; even if social welfare worsens, a small government is good; the voting rights of foreigners who are permanent residents should be accepted in local elections
(10) About the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP): pros and cons of participation
(11) Japan’s response to countries that invade other countries
(12) About the Okinawa military base under the Japan-US Security Arrangements

[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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Version 2016/03/22 :
Notes for Users This data comprises of the panel sample data and fresh sample data of Waves13 to 24.