University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1045
Survey Title Survey of Attitudes among the Elderly toward Participation in Local Community, 2013
Depositor Director General for Policies on Cohesive Society, Cabinet Office, The Government of Japan
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Summary Facing aging society in the immediate future, to build a society where everyone can live a long and fulfilling life, there needs to be constant re-evaluation of social systems related to employment/income, health/welfare, learning/social participation, and the living environment to make these suited to the aging society.

It has been the viewpoint of this survey, also conducted in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008 for the purpose of contributing to the promotion of future measures for the aging society through understanding attitudes of the elderly toward participation in local community. The 2003 survey is available under survey number 0643.

The main survey items are (1) matters related to attitude to daily life, (2) matters related to thoughts on social participation activities, (3) matters related to thoughts on community activities, (4) matters related to intention to interact with other generations, and (5) matters related to policies and support measures for the elderly.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Men and women aged 60 years and older in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 3,000 people, valid responses: 1,999 people, response rate: 66.6%
Date of Collection 2013/11/14-11/24
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Two-stage stratified random sampling
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
Investigator Director General for Policies on Cohesive Society, Cabinet Office, the Government of Japan, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center, 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 [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items [Face items]
 - Gender, age
 - Marital status, presence of children, type of residence
 - Current occupation, longest-held occupation
 - type of housing, years at residence
 - Current income
 - Size of city, by region

(1) Matters related to attitude to daily life
 - Degree that respondent feels ikigai (life is worthwhile (joy and fun))
 - When ikigai is felt (life feels worthwhile (joy and fun))
 - Age from which the elderly should receive support
 - Age until which respondent wishes to work

(2) Matters related to thoughts on social participation activities
 - Conditions necessary to actively engage in activities such as hobbies
 - Activities respondent wants to participate in, activities respondent wants to be most dedicated to, reasons for participating in the activities/frequency
 - Level of satisfaction with activities participated in, things good about participating in the activity as a whole
 - Something that can lead to activity participation
 - Desired activity form, intended frequency of participation in activities
 - Groups respondent would like to join, groups respondent is involved with
 - Intention to participate in learning activities/participation status
 - Whether or not respondent is interested in NPO activities

(3) Matters related to thoughts on community activities
 - Necessary conditions to carry out community activities/the most important condition
 - Thoughts on remuneration for community activities
 - Requests to the government/municipalities regarding the elderly’s participation in community activities

(4) Matters related to intention to interact with other generations
 - Level of usefulness of information devices
 - Intention to interact with younger generations/status of interactions
 - Generation respondent wants to interact with
 - Conditions necessary for the promotion of interactions between generations

(5) Matters related to policies and support measures for the elderly
 - Policies respondent is satisfied with
 - Policies that need to be enhanced

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
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