University of Tokyo

Survey Number PH070
Survey Title Japanese Life Course Panel Survey of High School Graduates (JLPS-H) Wave 7, 2010
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 7 is composed of a follow-up survey to JLPS-H, Wave 1 (survey number PH010), which surveyed respondents from JLPS-H, Wave 1, seven years since their high school graduation. The other follow-up surveys took place the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth year after high school graduation. They are Wave 2 (PH020), Wave 3 (PH030), Wave 4 (PH040), Wave 5 (PH050), and Wave 6 (PH060) and have already been released.

Using a panel survey design, we have continued to conduct surveys annually after 2010.
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: 1,757, valid responses: 515, response rate: 29.3%
Date of Collection 2010-10 ~ 2011-01
October 2010 – January 2011
Time Period 2010 ~ 2010
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 The questionnaire was sent to all subjects except for those whose address could not be validated by the previous survey (Wave 6) and collected by postal mail.
Investigator The Research and Planning Committee of Japanese Life Course Panel Survey of High School Graduates
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.PH070
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
- Presence and number of children

(1) About life course selection
- Way of spending time in October 2009, satisfaction level with life course selection
- Type of the school you attended (or you are currently attending at) and status (graduated/dropped out/currently attending)
- Things you learned
- Experience of job changes/number of times since high school graduation

(2) About current work
- Whether or not employed, starting month and year, employment status, industry, company size, occupation type
- Current work environment, working hours per week, desire for working hours
- Desire to continue working at current company
- Whether or not receiving training/engaging in self-development, training details, self-development details, effectiveness of training/self-development, necessity of self-development, obstacles for self-development
- Average monthly disposable income

(3) About current life
- Difficulties and worries in daily life, anxiety about future life
- Thoughts on life course, life, society
- Marital status, whether or not you are dating someone, desire to get married, things you have done to meet someone of the opposite sex to date, reasons for being single
- Satisfaction level with life in general
- Leisure time per day (week days, days off and holidays), frequency of leisure activities
- Desired work style around the age of 30 (working as a regular employee, etc.)
- At what age you want to live separately from parents, get married, have child, and buy own house

(4) Other
- Thoughts on people who make a living working as a casual part-timer (arubaito) or part-timer, being a NEET(not in education, employment, or training), or living with parents
- How you think about relevance of tax to welfare expenditure
- Political party you voted at proportional representation of Lower House election in July 2010
- Stratum identification (5 level)
- Thoughts on the relationship between tax and welfare spending
- Political party voted for in a proportional representation district in the House of Representatives election in August 2010

- Status identification (5 levels)

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
*These public data do not include variables corresponding to the following question items: Q4 (f) (free comments), Q8 (free comments), Q13 (free comments), Q22 (free comments), Q35 (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
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
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