University of Tokyo

Survey Number PH050
Survey Title Japanese Life Course Panel Survey of High School Graduates (JLPS-H) Wave 5, 2008
Depositor Japanese Life Course Panel Surveys (JLPS) project, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
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Summary The Japanese Life Course Panel Survey of High School Graduates (JLPS-H) started as a large-scale survey for the “Transformation of education and the labor market” project (2000-2006), a sub-project of the institute-wide joint research project of the Institute of Social Science (ISS) at The University of Tokyo, “The Lost Decade?: Reconsidering 1990s’ Japan” (principal investigator: Hiroshi Ishida). The survey was carried out later as part of “The empirical study of the relationship between employment behavior, the consciousness of young people, and the aged society with a low birth rate” (2004 - 2006) (senior researcher: Hiroki Sato, ISS, The University of Tokyo), a Policy Science Promotion Research Project funded by a Health and Labour Sciences Research Grant (from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare). Wave 5 of JLPS-H was conducted as part of the “Comprehensive study of behavior and attitudes among youth in contemporary Japan” (principal investigator: Hiroshi Ishida), funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research under the category of Scientific Research (S).

The purpose of this survey is to understand the career behavior, attitudes, and values of young people who will become the working generation during the advent of an aging society with a low birth rate. The research will follow the changes in young people’s behavior and consciousness by conducting a panel survey. The survey addresses four topics: (1) the life and attitudes of young people while they are in school, (2) patterns of transition from school to workplace, (3) employment behavior (non-regular employment, changing jobs, etc.), and (4) changes in their consciousness and values.

For this purpose, the survey investigates high school students, while they are enrolled and after graduation, to capture comprehensively their advancement to university or their employment behavior and their consciousness and values during their life course. Second, the survey design incorporates items that are amenable to international comparisons, increasing its utility for rigorous international comparative research.

JLPS-H, Wave 5 is composed of a follow-up survey to JLPS-H, Wave 1 (survey number PH010), which surveyed respondents from JLPS-H, Wave 1, four years since their high school graduation. The other follow-up surveys took place the first, second, and third year after high school graduation. They are Wave 2 (PH020), Wave 3 (PH030), and Wave 4 (PH040) and have already been released.

Using a panel survey design, we have continued to conduct surveys annually after 2008.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Respondents to Wave 1 of the panel survey (JLPS-H)
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Number of questionnaires distributed: 1,923, valid responses: 530, response rate: 27.6%
Date of Collection 2008-10 ~ 2008-11
October 2008 – November 2008
Time Period 2008 ~ 2008
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Among high school students who responded to JLPS-H, Wave 1 (PH010), those who agreed to participate in follow-up surveys and provided contact information (address and phone number) where they could be reached after high school.
Mode of Data Collection First, a post card notified subjects that a survey was going to be sent. The post card also checked the validity of addresses. Then the survey was mailed to the subjects except for those whose address could not be validated or who resided overseas.
Investigator The Research and Planning Committee of Japanese Life Course Panel Survey of High School Graduates
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.PH050
Sponsors (Funds) Research fund of the Institute of Social Science at The University of Tokyo (2003-)
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
- Family members living together

(1) About life course selection
- How you have spent the last five years, satisfaction level with life course selection
- Type of school you attended (or you are currently attending at) and status (graduated/dropped out/currently attending)
- Resources you used for job hunting (websites, information magazines, etc.)
- Number of workplaces since high school graduation

(2) About first job
- Starting month and year, reason for applying
- Whether it is the job you were hoping for at the beginning of your job hunt, satisfaction level when you were hired

(3) About current work
- Month and year you were hired, employment status, industry, company size, occupation type
- Job application method, things you focused on during job hunting
- Current work environment, workplace satisfaction level
- Average monthly disposable income

(4) About current life
- Difficulties and troubles in daily life, anxiety about future life
- Things important to you (success at work, having close friends, etc.)
- Thoughts on life course, life, and society
- Quality of daily life (health, relationships with the opposite sex, thoughts about children, whether financially stable, etc.)
- Desired work style around the age of 30 (working as a regular employee, etc.), desired occupation
- Marital status, whether or not you are dating someone/length of the relationship/how you met the romantic partner, desire to get married

(5) View on gender
- Thoughts on women at home and at work (what you would like for yourself and your spouse)
- Thoughts on men’s role in the home

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
*These public data do not include variables corresponding to the following question items.
Additional question 3-2, Q5(f) (free comments), Q24 (free comments)
Date of Release
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Higher and further education
Working conditions
Political behaviour and attitudes
Family life and marriage
Gender and gender roles
Social conditions and indicators
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