Public Opinion Concerning the Japanese Constitution, 1962 (ICPSR 7074)

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Office of the Prime Minister, Tokyo, Japan

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07074.v2

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This study, conducted in August 1962, was the first of two nationwide surveys undertaken by the Japanese government to determine the public's familiarity with the existing constitution, which had been rewritten after World War II, as well as opinions regarding a possible revision of this document (see also PUBLIC OPINION CONCERNING THE JAPANESE CONSTITUTION, 1963 [ICPSR 7075]). A large part of the study investigated the respondents' knowledge of the content of the constitution, the changes brought through its postwar revision, and the influence of the United States in rewriting it. Specific questions dealt with the role of the emperor, Japanese self-defense forces, and Japan's position in a world dominated by the United States and Russia. Respondents were further queried about a variety of specific revisions that might be made to the constitution: limitations on the right to strike, reversal of the stand on equality of the sexes, and changes in the bicameral system of the Diet (Japan's legislative assembly). The respondents' exposure to the mass media was also briefly explored. Demographic data include sex, age group, marital status, education, and occupation.

Office of the Prime Minister, Tokyo, Japan. Public Opinion Concerning the Japanese Constitution, 1962. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-08-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07074.v2

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Population of Japan aged 20 and over.

personal interviews

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1984-06-27

2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Office of the Prime Minister, Tokyo, Japan. Public Opinion Concerning the Japanese Constitution, 1962. ICPSR07074-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-08-26. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07074.v2

2009-08-26 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

1984-06-27 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:

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  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. Please see version history for more details.
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