University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0491
Survey Title 1st Questionnaire on Unease in Social Life, 2002
Depositor The Nikkoso Research Foundation for Safe Society
(Former Name:Research Foundation for Safe Society)
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Summary For a long time, Japan has had an established reputation as a country with stable and strong public safety. However, in the recent years, that reputation is starting to waver because of the changes in societal and international conditions. The concerned issues include the actual rise in number of offenses and (within that category) the increase in the number of crimes committed by young people, who are the future of Japan, and the decreasing crime clearance rate. These negative trends have also been observed in the physical sense of public safety and the extent to which citizens understand the threat of crimes based on their experiences.

Based on these conditions, this survey examines public awareness concerning the anxiety of crime victimization, juvenile delinquency/crime, changes in the physical sense of public safety, and crime prevention measures. It was conducted with the objective of providing the basic materials for understanding people’s awareness of public safety. The same type of survey will be conducted periodically in the future to consider through quantitative research the changes in people’s perceptions of public safety.

This survey was carried out as a part of the 66th SJCPOLL by the Shin Joho Center, Inc.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Men and women aged 20 years and up across Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 2,000 people, number of responses: 1,455 people (72.8%)
Date of Collection 2002-01-09 ~ 2002-01-19
2002/01/09 – 01/19
Time Period 2002 ~ 2002
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Two-stage stratified random sampling method (150 locations)
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered survey (placement method)
Investigator Research Foundation for Safe Society, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0491
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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)
Major Survey Items Questionnaire items:

(1) Experience as a victim of crime and anxiety about crime victimization
Experience of having a household family member who has been a victim of crime, degree/content of anxiety about crime victimization, locations that cause anxiety, type of victimization that happened at the location of anxiety, household family members’ degree/content of anxiety about crime victimization, situation of anxiety in the area of residence

(2) Juvenile delinquency/crime
Increase or decrease/deterioration of juvenile delinquency/crimes, youth behavior that becomes a social problem, whether respondent would say something to young people who are smoking on the street, causes of juvenile delinquency/crimes

(3) Public safety in general and crime prevention measures
Public safety in the area of residence compared with the previous year, Japan’s public safety compared with the previous year, crime prevention measures, requests for the police, local area safety measures, privacy and the installation of crime prevention cameras in public spaces, desire for the installation of “super security lights,” releasing the information of people with criminal records

Face items:
Gender, age, occupation, number of household family members, number of household family members who are aged 12 to 18 years, area of residence, type of residence, desire to continue living there, marital status
Date of Release 2006/10/19
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Crime and law enforcement
Community, urban and rural life
Social behaviour and attitudes
Social conditions and indicators
Topics in SSJDA Security/Crime/Disaster
Version 1 : 2006-10-19
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.