University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1071
Survey Title The Questionnaire Survey on Work and Life of Workers, 2015.10
Depositor JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
(Former Name:Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards)
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary The purpose of this survey is to periodically explore workers’ attitudes toward economic trends in Japan and their current state of work and living through a questionnaire survey and to obtain basic information with which to consider policy issues from the perspective of improving quality of life of workers.

The survey has been conducted regularly in April and October of every year since the first survey in April 2001, with its principal purpose being the clarification of the state of and views regarding work and living of a diverse range of workers. In addition to the fixed items regarding views of workers on the state of the Japanese economy, commodity prices, and work, etc., this, the 30th survey, included items: “non-scheduled working hours in September,” “unpaid work,” “recognition of working time management” as an auxiliary fixed-point survey (as of October), and items: “recent wage trends and consumption desire” and “change in perception/behavior of workers before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake” as special topics.

Since the 21st survey (conducted in April 2011), a change was made from the previous mail access panel survey to an Internet-based web access panel survey to expand the number of survey targets. This survey is the 10th survey to be conducted in such a way.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Private company employees in their 20s to early 60s who live in the Greater Tokyo Area or Kansai region
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size In 20s to 50s: 1,845 people,in early 60s: 155 people
Date of Collection 2015-10-01 ~ 2015-10-06
2015/10/01 – 10/06
Time Period 2015 ~ 2015
Spatial Unit saitama
The Greater Tokyo Area (Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, and Kanagawa prefectures)
Kansai region (Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, and Wakayama prefectures)
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
1. Based on 2,000 people, which is the number of survey subjects that was assumed in advance, we created sample allocation criteria reflecting the distribution ratio of gender, age group, and employment status of employees aged 20 to 64 years, located in the Greater Tokyo Area and Kansai region according to the “2012 (Heisei 24) Employment Status Survey.”

2. Based on the allocation criteria, among the private company employees (approximately 60,000 subjects) residing in the Greater Tokyo area and Kansai region who are registered with INTAGE Inc., we randomly sampled each layer to obtain responses above the allocation criteria and requested them to respond to the questionnaire.

3. The sample was determined randomly from among the responses received, ensuring that the number sampled from each group accorded with the allocation criteria.

*Note that INTAGE Inc. mainly searches for access panel participants via Internet sites and recruitment advertisements in newspapers and magazines, etc.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)
Internet-based web access panel survey (self-administered on line)
Investigator Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, survey carried out by INTAGE Research Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.1071
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Questionnaire
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items [Questionnaire items]
(1) Economic trends and business condition
Japan’s economic environment, business situation at the place of employment, increase or decrease in number of employees, increase or decrease in actual hours worked, unemployment concerns, etc.

(2) Income, consumption, living conditions
Increase or decrease in personal wage income, increase or decrease in total income of household, increase or decrease in total household consumption, sense of fluctuation in prices, household living conditions, etc.

(3) Evaluation of work and life
- Recognition of current work, intention to change jobs, satisfaction level with current work, satisfaction level with life in general, etc.

(4) Labor union
Existence of labor union at the place of employment, membership status/Intention to join/necessity of a union

(5) Recognition of non-scheduled working hours in September, unpaid work, and working hours management
- Non-scheduled working hours in September
Existence of non-scheduled working hours, number of non-scheduled working hours, thoughts on non-scheduled working hours, reason for working beyond non-scheduled working hours

- Unpaid work
Whether eligible for overtime allowance, situation of undeclared overtime hours, number of undeclared overtime hours, reasons for not declaring the correct number of hours worked, reasons for making adjustments when reporting hours, experience of health issues due to long working hours

- Awareness of working hours management (October fixed point survey)
Awareness of situation concerning working hours management, problems at current workplace

(6) Recent wage trends, consumption desire
Existence of wage reform, increase or decrease of wages, increase or decrease of consumption desire

(7) Change in perception/behavior of workers before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Perception of human relations after the earthquake, change in personal behavior after the earthquake, initiatives taken by the place of employment after the earthquake, etc.

[Face items]
Gender, age, area of residence, employment status, period of employment contract, employer’s industry, highest level of educational attainment, marital status, family members who share the same household income, age of the youngest child, financial provider in the household, spouse’s employment status, size of company by number of employees, occupation type, years of continuous employment, working hours, annual wage income, annual household income, household savings, loan situation, support for the current Cabinet, etc.

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2016/11/29
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Economic conditions and indicators
Labour relations/conflict
Working conditions
Social change
Topics in SSJDA Employment/Labor
Version 1 : 2016-11-29
Notes for Users *In its 21st edition, the mode of conducting this survey changed from mail to online, and the alternatives were revised. For this reason, it is not possible to make a seamless connection with the results prior to the 20th edition (October 2010).