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Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS), 2012 (ICPSR 36577)

Alternate Title:   JGSS 2012

Principal Investigator(s): Tanioka, Ichiro, JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce; Iwai, Noriko, JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce; Maeda, Yukio, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo


The Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) Project is a Japanese version of the General Social Survey (GSS) project closely replicating the original GSS of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. It provides data for analyses of Japanese society, attitudes, and behaviors, which make possible international comparisons. Respondents were asked about employment, family and household composition, education, entertainment, technology and Internet usage, status and opinions on mental and physical health, alcohol and tobacco use, life satisfaction, voting behavior, opinions on political and social issues, taxes and government expenditure, family beliefs and issues, impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake, trust in people and institutions, membership in organizations, and their neighborhood environment. Demographic questions included age, sex, marital status, household income, and religious orientation and behavior.

Series: Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) Series

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Study Description


Tanioka, Ichiro, Noriko Iwai, and Yukio Maeda. Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS), 2012. ICPSR36577-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-10-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36577.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36577.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol consumption, career change, career history, children, chronic illnesses, communities, commuting (travel), domestic responsibilities, earthquakes, education, emergency preparedness, employment, entertainment, environmental attitudes, family relationships, family size, gender roles, government expenditures, government services, health behavior, household composition, household income, Internet, job satisfaction, leisure, life satisfaction, living arrangements, mental health, political affiliation, political issues, social issues, social status, taxes, technology, tobacco use, travel, trust (psychology), trust in government, unemployment, work environment

Smallest Geographic Unit:    region

Geographic Coverage:    Asia, Global, Japan

Time Period:   

  • 2012-02-24--2012-04-22

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-02-24--2012-04-22

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Men and women 20-89 years of age living in Japan.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) are designed and carried out by the JGSS Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce (Joint Usage/Research Center for Japanese General Social Surveys accredited by Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), in collaboration with the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo.

While the Japanese General Social Survey is conducted solely in the Japanese language, the data files and codebooks are produced in Japanese and English. Please note that DS1 of the collection is the ICPSR-processed English language version of the data and documentation and DS2 of the collection is the original Japanese language version of the data and documentation provided by the principal investigators. DS2 has not been processed by ICPSR, therefore the files are disseminated in the same condition they were deposited.

More information about the Japanese General Social Surveys can be found on the Japanese General Social Survey Web site (Japanese language) or the Japanese General Social Survey Web site (English language).


Sample:    Two-stage stratified random sampling. For additional information on sampling methods, see the Sampling Information section of the Original P.I. Documentation within the ICPSR codebook.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional , Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data contain one weight variable "WEIGHT" that users may wish to apply during analysis. For additional information on weighting, see the Weighting Information section of the Original P.I. Documentation within the ICPSR codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire

Response Rates:    Form A: 59.1 percent; Form B: 58.8 percent.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2016-10-21



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