University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0128
Survey Title 34th Fact-finding Survey on Student Life, 1998
Depositor National Federation of University Co-operative Associations
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Summary Since 1963 we have conducted an annual survey in October for the purpose of realizing a fuller campus life by clarifying, in particular, the economic life of university students as well as their consciousness and activities, and by making the findings reflect on our business and various activities. This 1998 survey, the 34th of the kind, was carried out against the backdrop of a continuously unstable economic climate. The survey indicates that the students constantly worry about employment prospects as they witness seniors' severe job-seeking activities and face the abolishment of the "shushoku kyotei" custom, or the gentlemen's agreement to set a timetable for job-seeking students. The rising employment anxieties reach their peak not when they are senior but junior, the survey finds out. In addition, their current economic situation has deteriorated as the lives of their parents, from whom they receive financial support, were thrown into the environment where firms go bankrupt one after another and more and more people loose their job. The students, too, have been unable to increase their earnings from part-time work. The survey demonstrates how, under such circumstances, the students are trying to make ends meet, sometimes through sheer self-control.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe 28,044 students of 60 universities nationwide
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size 12,854 responses from a sample of 28,004 students from 60 universities (Rate of return: 45.8%)
Date of Collection 1998-10-01 ~ 1998-10-01
October, 1998
Time Period 1998 ~ 1998
Spatial Unit Japan
All over Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Systematic random
Probability: Stratified
Probability: Stratified: Proportional
We gave each university a sampling ratio in accordance with the number of undergraduate students, and sampled from their ID numbers at regular intervals.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Questionnaires were mailed and partially handed to the respondents. The mailing as well as collecting was done by each cooperative.
Investigator The National Federation of University Co-operative Associations
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0128
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) The National Federation of University Co-operative Associations (April, 1999) Dai 34-kai gakusei no shohi seikatsu no kansuru jittai chosa hokoku-sho. [Report of the 34th Survey on the Student Consumption Life]
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items I Demographic items:
Department; year; sex and marital status; entrance exam; experience of waiting till next entrance exam period after failing in one; type of dwelling, layout, and area; means of transportation to school; and commuting time.
II Economic life:
Present and future financial outlook; earning and spending measures; breakdown of monthly earnings and expenses; telephone/beeper bills, and type of telephone; special spending in past six months and future six months; and part-time work in past six months, earnings, and purpose.
III Daily life and activities:
Meals in a day, eating place, and price; daily life (days spent on campus per week; arriving and leaving time; number of classes attended today, activities between last class and home; important areas of campus life; degree of fulfillment; and impression of university-favorable or not); PC and word processor held, plans for purchase, and how to choose one from many; driver's license, period obtained, place of application, and plans to get within a year; overseas trips made, number of trips, agency used, and future plans; concerns in daily life; hospitalization and visits to doctor in past six months; and parents' occupation and annual iincome.
IV Use of Co-ops:
Book Store (Shoseki-bu)(frequency of use in past month, and evaluation and important characteristics of Book Store); General Store (Kobai-bu) (frequency of use in past month, and evaluation and important characteristics of General Store); Cafeteria (weekly frequency of use, and evaluation and important characteristics of Cafeteria); attitudes to Co-ops (recognition of Conference of Delegates, recognition of Opinion Card, participation in operation, recognition of mutual-aid enterprise; recognition of student participation in activities; the Co-op News; level of interest in peace issues; recognition of peace efforts; Co-op's UNICEF fund-raising; closeness/familiarity, degree of satisfaction, and overall evaluation); etc.
Date of Release 1999/11/04
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Consumption and consumer behaviour
Higher and further education
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 1998-11-04
2 : 2001-06-27
3 : 2002-09-19
4 : 2009-12-21
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