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, 1987 (ICPSR 6842)

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


This survey, which is partially comparable in content to 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), was designed for use in cross-cultural analyses of aging in the United States and Japan. The survey has nine sections: demographics (age, sex, marital status, education, employment), social integration (interpersonal contacts, social supports), health status (attempts to measure 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, 1987. ICPSR06842-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG06643-08)

Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:    Japan, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1987-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987-11

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

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National two-stage probability sample of Census Enumeration Districts and of persons within them.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-02-13

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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