National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).

National Survey of the Japanese Elderly, 1990 (ICPSR 3407)

Principal Investigator(s): Liang, Jersey, University of Michigan. Institute of Gerontology; Maeda, Daisaku, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology


This survey, a follow-up to the original Wave I survey undertaken in 1987 (ICPSR 6842), was designed to create a panel dataset for use in cross-cultural analyses of aging in Japan and the United States. It was created to match as closely as possible with Wave I, while also allowing for growth in specific areas of interest. In addition, the survey was designed to be partially comparable in content with AMERICANS' CHANGING LIVES: WAVES I, II, III, AND IV, 1986, 1989, 1994, AND 2006 (ICPSR 4690) and the NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1984: SUPPLEMENT ON AGING (ICPSR 8659). The survey has nine sections: demographics (age, sex, marital status, education, employment), social integration (interpersonal contacts, social supports), health status (limitations on daily life and activities, health conditions, level of physical activity), subjective well-being and mental health status (life satisfaction, morale), psychological indicators (life events, locus of control, self-esteem), financial situation (financial status), memory (measures of cognitive functioning), and interviewer observations (assessments of respondents).

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Liang, Jersey, and Daisaku Maeda. NATIONAL SURVEY OF THE JAPANESE ELDERLY, 1990. ICPSR03407-v1. Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Central Research Services [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Heath and Human Services. National Institute on Aging (AG06643)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, demographic characteristics, financial assets, health status, mental health, older adults, psychological wellbeing, social integration

Geographic Coverage:    Japan, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1990-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-11

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized persons 60 years of age and older as of November 1987 who were residing in Japan.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    This is a three-year follow-up of the original 1987 survey, which was a national two-stage probability sample of census enumeration districts and of persons within them.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2002-05-14

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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