Public Opinion Concerning the Japanese Constitution, 1963 (ICPSR 7075)

Published: May 5, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
Office of the Prime Minister (Japan)

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This study, conducted in August 1963, was the second of two nationwide surveys undertaken by the Japanese government to investigate public opinion regarding the constitution (see also PUBLIC OPINION CONCERNING THE JAPANESE CONSTITUTION, 1962 [ICPSR 7074]). The study probed the public's familiarity with the existing constitution as well as opinions regarding a possible revision of this document. A series of questions explored 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 (Japan). Public Opinion Concerning the Japanese Constitution, 1963. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-05-05.

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Population of Japan aged 20 years and older.

personal interviews

survey data



2009-10-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

2010-05-05 The original codebook was of very poor quality and has been updated.

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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