October 21, 2013


Over 70% of Japanese Satisfied with Life for First Time in 18 Years, Survey Says

Keywords: Government Well-Being 

The results of the Public Opinion Survey on the Life of the People, which were released by the Japanese Cabinet Office on August 12, 2013, indicated that over 70% of respondents were satisfied with their present life. This was the first time in 18 years that the figure exceeded 70%.

When asked how satisfied they were with their present life, 71.0% of respondents reported being either "satisfied" (10.3%) or "more or less satisfied" (60.7%), while 27.6% were either "somewhat dissatisfied" (22.2%) or "dissatisfied" (5.3%).

Compared with the previous survey conducted in 2012, the percentage of respondents who reported being satisfied increased from 67.3% to 71.0%, while the percentage of respondents who reported being dissatisfied decreased from 32.0% to 27.6%. Over the past five decades since 1963, the highest percentage of respondents reporting satisfaction with their present life was in 1995. The figure then declined before increasing again in 2008, and this most recent figure from the latest survey is the second highest ever.

The Cabinet Office conducts the survey on life in Japan annually in order to ascertain the awareness and desires of Japanese adults from various perspectives, and to obtain fundamental reference data for general government use. The target sample size of the latest survey was 10,000 people, out of which the number of valid responses was 6,351.