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Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy in Osaka and Izumo, Japan, 1957 (ICPSR 7071)

Principal Investigator(s): Mendel, Douglas


This study was conducted in 1957 in the cities of Osaka and Izumo, Japan. The respondents' opinions of Japan's national security were explored through questions eliciting views on the strength of and the need for security defense forces, Japan's rearmament, and the possible revision of the Japanese constitution to establish an army, navy, and air force. Japanese foreign policy was investigated, primarily with respect to relations with the United States, Korea, and China. Questions about United States-Japanese relations focused on the presence of United States military bases in Japan and on the return of Okinawa to Japan. Recognition of Communist China was another topic probed in the study, as was the Japanese government's policy toward the Republic of Korea. The survey also investigated respondents' political behavior and attitudes, including voting behavior, party support, and political efficacy. Demographic data include age, sex, education, and occupation.

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Study Description


Mendel, Douglas. Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy in Osaka and Izumo, Japan, 1957. ICPSR07071-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-06-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07071.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07071.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    armed forces, constitutional change, foreign policy, international relations, military bases, military strength, national defense, national security, political attitudes, political behavior, political efficacy, political participation, voting behavior, Izumo, Japan, Osaka

Geographic Coverage:    Global

Time Period:   

  • 1957

Date of Collection:   

  • 1957

Universe:    The populations of Osaka and Izumo, Japan, ages 20 and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Data Source:

personal interviews

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 variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-27

Version History:

  • 2009-06-19 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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