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Data Availability

JGSS data is released approximately three years after a survey was conducted. The data sets below have already been deposited to data archives and are available for educational and academic purposes.

JGSS is conducted in Japanese, but for the convenience of researches abroad, data file and survey information after JGSS-2000 have been compiled both in English and in Japanese since April 2005.

Besides data, codes and variables, frequency tables, information on weighting data and questionnaires are also available in English.

Data sets deposited (as of March, 2022)

Survey Schedule Data Archive Available from JGSS Research Center
(JGSS-2009LCS wave3)
Feb to Apr 2019 *
Integrated Data
Nov to Dec 2017 /
Nov to Dec 2018  
Integrated Data
Jan to Mar 2017 /
Feb to Apr 2018  
JGSS-2016 Feb to Apr 2016 *
JGSS-2015 Feb to May 2015 *
(JGSS-2009LCS wave2)
Feb to Apr 2013 *
JGSS-2009LCS Jan to Mar 2009 *
JGSS-2012 Feb to Apr 2012
JGSS-2010 Feb to Apr 2010
JGSS-2008 Oct to Dec 2008
JGSS-2006 Oct to Dec 2006
JGSS-2005 Aug to Nov 2005
JGSS cumulative data 2000-2003
(Integrated data set of JGSS from 2000 to 2003)
JGSS-2003 Oct to Nov 2003
JGSS-2002 Oct to Nov 2002
JGSS-2001 Oct to Nov 2001
JGSS-2000 Oct to Nov 2000
Japanese General Social Surveys 2nd pilot Nov 1999
Japanese General Social Surveys 1st pilot Mar 1999

* The data files will be available to download once the JGSS Data Downloading System starts to operate this summer.

Variables on respondent’s prefectures are not included in the archived data from JGSS-2008. In addition, variables on regional blocks are not included in JGSS-2012. For those who require the above variables, please refer to “Data on Regional Blocks and Prefectures”.

Archives where JGSS data sets are deposited
JGSS data sets are deposited to the following data archives.

ICPSR (University of Michigan, USA)
GESIS (German Social Science Infrastructure Services, Germany)

The data sets of the first and second pilot surveys (Japanese only) can be obtained from SSJDA. The data sets after JGSS-2000 are available both in Japanese and English from every archive. Please refer to the respective websites for data application procedure

Academics and researchers affiliated with a university, college, or a recognized research institutes, graduate students, and undergraduate students under supervision may use JGSS data sets for academic purposes. JGSS data sets are also available to instructors affiliated with a university or a college for educational purposes.
For academic purposes, indefinite use of the data set is. When applied and used for “educational purposes”, permission for data use is granted for one year. If you wish to continue to use the data, please re-apply to the respective data archive.

1.Quote the proper acknowledgement:
If you are publishing the results of analyses using the JGSS datasets, please quote the acknowledgment. If not, the following data usage might be restricted thereafter.

Please refer to the page of [Acknowledgments] for further details.

2.Forwarding a copy of publication:
When you use the JGSS data and write a book, an article or other kinds of publication, please send a copy of the publication. to the following address:

If you obtain JGSS dataset from JGSSDDS, please upload the publication file to JGSSDDS. When uploading the file is not possible (e.g. books), please send a copy to:

JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce
4-1-10, Mikuriya-sakaemachi, Higashi-osaka, Osaka, 577-8505, JAPAN
FAX: +81-6-6785-6011
E-mail: jgss@daishodai.ac.jp

If you obtain JGSS dataset from other data archive, please send one copy of the publication to:

JGSS Research Center, Osaka University of Commerce
4-1-10, Mikuriya-sakaemachi, Higashi-osaka, Osaka, 577-8505, JAPAN
FAX: +81-6-6785-6011
E-mail: jgss@daishodai.ac.jp
Thank you for your cooperation!
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