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

Published: Nov 4, 2005

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

Version V1

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).

Liang, Jersey, and Maeda, Daisaku. National Survey of the Japanese Elderly, 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04.

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

Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology



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.

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

personal interviews

survey data



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.


  • 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.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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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).