Aug 30, 2010

Japan Quick Poll - What do you think about the capital punishment system, for or against ?

From Japan - Here are the results of the quick poll we conducted during August 13 - August 14, 2010 about the capital punishment system.

Total respondents: 109,057

Question: Are you for or against to the death penalty?

For grave crime, Japan imposes the capital punishment. The morality and advantages of such a sanction, however, has been up for debate. Also, it makes the issue more complicated that  many serious crimes  has occurred in these years, while misleading scientific approach of investigation has been revealed at the same time through the judicial procedure.
In our poll, 69.8% of 109,057 respondents said that they agree with the implementation of capital punishment. 
But despite this seemingly favourable judgement for capital punishment, some still posted comments like the following: "This is very difficult problem for us"; "It might be not the best but there is no alternative to the death penalty". 

Last August 6, 2010, the Ministry of Justice's executive members held the first study session about the role of the capital punishment in the Japanese judicial system.  The members will continue to debate about how the capital punishment is used and enforced in other countries, and what would be the best justice system for Japan of this century.

Aug 18, 2010

Japan Quick Poll - Have you already changed your TV set to a digital TV?

Here is the result of the quick poll we conducted on August 5-6, 2010 about diverting analogue TV to Digital TV in Japan.

Total respondents: 96,697

Question: Have you already changed your TV set to a digital TV?


Changed already : 64.9%
Not yet                 : 33.0%
I don't have a TV set: 2.0%

The Japanese government is expecting that all households will move from analogue television sets to digital TV on July 24, 2011. However, after the implementation on December 2003, only 64.9% of the Japanese households did change their TV sets. It means that 33% will not be able to see any TV programs in a year if they will not be able to change their TV sets to digital. 

Suzu City is the first city who completed the move to digital broadcasting in Japan on July 24, 2010. Before the said move, the government conducted a test in digital broadcasting in the city twice. Further, they also delivered 4,148 pieces of digital tuner for necessary families for free. This is 23% of the total population of Suzu City. Suzu City of Ishikawa prefecture has 17, 476 citizens located in the north end of Noto Peninsula. This event will have a great impact once fully enforced nation-wide.

When digital broadcasting was first discussed around 15 years ago, there was limited internet accessibility. However, digital broadcasting opened a new way of accessing information through multimedia broadcasting wherein you can get text information while watching TV shows. These days, however, with advances in internet and mobile networks, information is readily accessible to people. Despite the 'high-definition' advantage that digital TV offers, the TV industry is still loosing its position as the primary media source, as the web continues to emerge as the main source of information. As a result, reasons for the Japanese government and TV industry to continue promoting this move from analogue to digital have decreased.

Nevertheless, the TV industry is still expecting that everyone will eventually join the move from analogue to digital TV. But then again, this move may give some people more reason not to watch TV. Even so, the results still remain to be seen.

Aug 17, 2010

China Quick Poll - Which type of car do you prefer if you buy a car?

From China - Here is the result of the quick poll we conducted on 6th,Aug 2010.
The topic was about the car purchasing.

Total respondents: 10,534

Question: Which type of car do you prefer if you buy a car?

  • Hatch back   4.7%     
  • Compact 38.5%
  • Mid Size 20.2%
  • Luxury 2.7%
  • MPV 2%
  • SUV 16.2%
  • Sports car 10.1%
  • Other/Not sure 5.7%

According to the result, 38.5% of the respondents prefer compact cars. Followed by the mid-sized Sedan with 20.2% and SUV with 16.2%. Chinese preferred huge and safe cars rather than sports cars being chosen with only 10.1% of the respondents.

Aug 13, 2010

Korea Quick Poll - What do you do while commuting?

From Korea - Here is the result of the quick poll we conducted on Aug. 5th.2010
The topic was 'How to spend their spare time while commuting'.

Total respondents: 6267

Question: What do you do while you commute?

Answers: More than half (51%) of the respondents voted listening to music while they commute, as public transportation like buses and trains are so crowded in the morning that they have limited space to do something else.
Many said they can do other things like reading newspaper or sending text messages while listening to music. 

Reading books or newspapers got the second highest vote (13%). Panelists read books that they bring with them or free newspapers that they can get easily nearby subway stations. 

In Korea, free tabloid newspapers are popular. They contain brief articles about politics, economics, and sports.

Other panelists said that they sleep (9%) or do nothing (11%) to take a break, while there are others who play mobile games (7%) to kill time. Recently you can find more people watching TV programs via Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) on their mobile devices. DMB is a digital radio transmission technology developed in South Korea as part of the national IT project.

It is really convenient to keep your eyes on a program you want to see. Many people turn on their DMB devices to watch their favorite programs while on their way home.

Today, most cell phones have the DMB function which is considered as the most important factor when buying a digital device.

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Aug 5, 2010

Korea Quick Poll - Do you have breakfast regularly?

From Korea - Here is the result of the quick poll we conducted on July 30th, 2010.
The topic was about the breakfast.

Total respondents: 5667

Question: Do you have a breakfast regularly?


More than half of panels answered eating breakfast regularly. However, over 40 percents of panels said they skip their breakfast since they are too busy to do stuffs in the morning.

It is known well that having breakfast is really important to keep healthy condition. It gives you the power to start your day, and also helps you balance your weight by preventing overeating at lunch.

By the way, what is the traditional breakfast in Korea? Koreans eat a breakfast based on rice usually. Rice, soup, and some side dishes including Kimchi (called ‘banchan’) are basic diet in the morning.

However, since lifestyle in Korea has been westernized, people eat western style breakfast, too. Bagel, toasted bread, and eggs with coffee are also favored nowadays.

Also for busy people, Misutgaru (roasted rice powder drink) and fruit juice are really popular as a substitute of the breakfast. It is really easy to make (what you have to do is just mixing powder in a water or a milk / turn it on your blender machine) and you can even drink while you commute. There are many recommendations of this posted to the survey for reasons like keeping health and saving time.

Aug 1, 2010

Japan Quick Poll - What are you going to do during the Bon holidays(around August 15) this year?

From Japan - Here is the result of the quick poll we conducted during July 20 - July 21, 2010. The topic was about the Japanese holidays called Bon.

Total respondents: 125,443

Question: What are you going to do during the Bon holidays(around August 15) this year?(single answer)


going back to hometown  18.6%
go on a trip                       9.6%
stay at home                   37.5%
work                                13.4%
I have not decide yet         16.7%
others                              4.2%

The Bon festival takes place every year around August 15.
This Buddhist festival is held to welcome the souls of the dead which are believed to return to their families during the Bon festival. Many companies and schools break for the Bon festival.

18.6% out of 125,443 panelists receive company holidays during the Bon period and going back to hometowns. People go back to their hometowns mainly to visit the graves where their ancestor rests, welcoming and seeing them off for the afterworld. Also, people enjoy the time with their relatives.
And according to the comments on the survey, many said that the would go back to hometown by car.

During the Bon period, public transportation(ex.a bus, an air plane) becomes extremely overcrowded and its fare will be overvalued pricing as there are millions of people who return to their hometown. A car with ETC, however,  gets a discount "uniformly 1,000 yen" because the Japanese government has applied the upper limit 1,000yen about holiday's high-speed way fare for an economic policy. since March 2009, though the highway is often blocked for 30kms at this period. In April 2009, according to Ministry of Land announcement, over 80% out of Japanese high-speed way driver using ETC.