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Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS), 2001 (ICPSR 4213)

Principal Investigator(s): Tanioka, Ichiro, Osaka University of Commerce; Iwai, Noriko, Osaka University of Commerce; Nitta, Michio, University of Tokyo. Institute of Social Science; Sato, Hiroki, University of Tokyo. Institute of Social Science


This survey was designed to solicit political, sociological, and economic information from people living in Japan. Respondents were queried on crime and the judicial system, and more specifically, on issues such as the death penalty, juvenile punishment, and whether respondents were victims of various crimes within the last year. Questions on family issues covered topics such as divorce, the health of respondents' marriages, the roles of each spouse, and issues involving children. Questions on finances included the state of respondents' finances during the last few years and compared to other Japanese families both past and present, whether the income tax rate was high, and the ease of improving one's standard of living in Japan. Political questions addressed government spending, the responsibility of the government, and whether respondents would vote for a woman gubernatorial candidate. Also, respondents were asked to rate their political views on a scale from Conservative (1) to Progressive (5). In terms of health, questions were asked on the health of respondents and their spouses, the topic of euthanasia, donation cards, and the frequency of smoking and alcohol consumption. Quality of life questions addressed the frequency with which respondents read the newspaper, watched television, the amount of satisfaction respondents received from life, and how often respondents participated in leisure activities like fishing, jogging, mahjong, etc. Respondents were asked to give their opinions concerning extra-marital affairs, sexual relations between two adults of the same sex, pornography and prostitution. Information gathered on religion included the extent of their participation in a particular religion, whether respondents believed in life after death and views on burial. Respondents were polled for information regarding their social status and whether respondents were members of any groups including religious, trade, or social service organizations. Demographic information included age, sex, employment status, marital status, household income, and religious orientation.

Series: Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) Series

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Study Description


Tanioka, Ichiro, Noriko Iwai, Michio Nitta, and Hiroki Sato. Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS), 2001. ICPSR04213-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-30. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04213.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04213.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan)
  • Osaka University of Commerce (Japan)
  • University of Tokyo. Institute of Social Sciences

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol consumption, capital punishment, career history, child care, crime, death, demographic characteristics, divorce, domestic responsibilities, education, euthanasia, family history, foreigners, gender roles, government, homosexual relationships, income, job satisfaction, labor unions, leisure, life satisfaction, marriage, morality, political affiliation, prostitution, religion, social classes, taxes, voting behavior, workplaces

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Japan

Time Period:   

  • 2001

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-10-20--2001-11-30

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Men and women aged 20-89 living in Japan with the right to vote.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

JGSS data and the supporting documents are provided both in English and Japanese for convenience for users of either language. The JGSS is conducted in the Japanese language. The English version of the questionnaires and datasets have been constructed for the convenience of researchers. This is to remind all users of the English version of the JGSS datasets and questionnaires that the nuanced meanings conveyed in the original language may not be contained in the English version of the questionnaires and datasets.

This survey was produced by the Osaka University of Commerce, Office of Japanese General Social Survey, 2003, Osaka, Japan.

More information about Japanese General Social surveys can be found on the Japanese General Social Survey Web site.


Sample:    Two-stage stratified random sampling, stratified by six regional blocks and population size, in 13 major cities, other cities, and towns and villages.

Weight:    A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

Mode of Data Collection:    personal interview, self-enumerated questionnaire

Response Rates:    The response rate was 62.4 percent.

Presence of Common Scales:    Several Likert-type scales were used.


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-08-18

Version History:

  • 2007-03-30 The Stata dictionary and system data files for datasets 1 and 2 were corrected to set the storage type as double for numeric variables with more than nine significant digits.

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