University of Tokyo

Abstract
Survey Number 1040
Survey Title Legal Advice Seeking Behavior Survey, 2006
Depositor Masayuki Murayama
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Summary With the objective of understanding the entire process of a civil dispute, the specially promoted research on “Dispute Resolution and Civil Justice in the Legalizing Society” divided the process into three sub-processes and conducted one national survey for each. The three surveys were the “Disputing Behavior Survey,” which focused on the stage between the problem and the dispute, the “Legal Advice Seeking Behavior Survey,” which focused on the stage of legal advice-seeking behavior for problem-solving, and the “Litigation Behavior Survey,” which focused on the stage of litigation behavior after the lawsuit is filed.

This is the “Legal Advice Seeking Behavior Survey.” The “Disputing Behavior Survey” and the “Litigation Behavior Survey” were published under survey numbers 1039 and 1041 respectively.

This survey is a detailed and extensive analysis that aims to identify the individuals or organizations in regional communities that a member of contemporary Japanese society seeks advice and support from while facing troubles of a legal nature that still need to be dealt with, as well as how they evaluate their experience.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Men and women aged 20 to 70 years living across Japan (population of the Basic Resident Register as of March 31, 2005)
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 11,000 people, number of respondents: 5,330 people, response rate: 48.5%
Date of Collection March through the end of May, 2006
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Two-stage stratified random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
Investigator Masayuki Murayama, survey carried out by Central Research Services, Inc.
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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
Summary sheet
Major Survey Items (1) Face items
Gender, age, family structure, type of residence, marital status, highest level of educational attainment, occupation, occupation type, company size, annual household income, annual personal income

(2) Regarding advice-seeking behavior
- Experience with trouble and disagreements
 Cases related to lease and real estate transactions
 Cases related to human relations, etc.

- Experience and details of the most serious event
 Time of occurrence
 Details of the respondent and the other party
 Details of the financial payments (whether or not it was billed, the amount, etc.)
 Details of action taken by the respondent to solve the trouble (use of books and Internet, consulting family and relatives, etc.)

- Advice-seeking behavior
 Whether or not a specialist or specialized institution was consulted, the order of consultation, evaluation of the effectiveness
 Whether the opponent was contacted before consulting an institution/group/specialist

- Regarding the specialist or specialized institutions consulted
 How the respondent learned about the entity, the period, time spent before going there, time spent in the consultation
 Reason for the consultation, what was done
 Consultation fees, appropriateness of the amount paid
 Evaluation of the level of knowledge and response, evaluation of effectiveness, level of satisfaction
 Change in behavior/perception after the consultation

- The result of “trouble and disagreements”
 Current situation (close to a solution, no progress, escalated, etc.)
 Trouble solving method (court mediation, judgment, etc.)
 Time when it was solved
 Whether the current method is satisfactory, etc.

(3) Thoughts on the law and society
- Perceptions of the society, law, jurists, justice, and the community
 Thoughts on the law and society
 Association with organizations
 Whether or not interested in the administration and judiciary, whether there is someone to consult in case of trouble or disagreements (excluding family and relatives)
 Whether there are lawyers or police officers among family members, neighbors, and friends, etc.
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