# Quality of Society # Thought Leadership
Pilot Survey for the Quality of Society Index
5 Key Concepts for a Hopeful Society 5 Key Concepts for a Hopeful Society
Dentsu Institute (Executive Producer: Naoki Tani), an internal organization of Dentsu Group Inc. (President & CEO: Toshihiro Yamamoto; Head Office: Tokyo), and the Ikeda Laboratory* (Professor: Ken’ichi Ikeda), a facility engaged in media and social psychology research at Doshisha University (Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture; President: Tomoko Ueki), participated in the World Values Survey in Japan (conducted in September 2019) and presented the results of the time series comparative analysis, etc. performed with regard to changes in people’s perceptions. Launched in 1981, the World Values Survey (the WVS) is a worldwide survey involving research institutions in approximately one hundred countries and societies. The seventh wave of the WVS is still in progress in other participating countries; here we release only Japan's results, which were compiled last year. The following outlines the results:
Note: These results do not reflect the impact of COVID-19, as its outbreak had not yet been identified at the time when the Survey was conducted.
The results demonstrate that while people’s perceptions are changing significantly, these changes have not necessarily manifested as an interest in social reforms or politics.
Changes in perceptions and behaviors of people will have a significant impact on the quality of society. As Japan and the world face a number of social challenges, Dentsu Institute and the Ikeda Laboratory of Doshisha University will continue to identify changes in people’s perceptions and behaviors and promote the “Quality of Society” activities, exploring possibilities for an ideal future and ways to bring it to fruition.
About “Quality of Society”
Significant changes have occurred in the perceptions of “work” in the nine-year period since the previous wave of the Survey in 2010, with the doubling of the ratio of people who answered that “less importance placed on work” was “good” or they “don’t mind.” In conjunction, there has also been an increase in the percentage of people who feel they have “freedom of choice” and “control over their lives.” The younger the respondents are, the higher the proportion of such people is. Further, answers to questions about homosexuality, gender, etc. show that respondents’ perceptions have made a radical shift in the direction of respecting diversity.
While people’s perceptions change in other areas, the subjective levels of happiness and life satisfaction, which have remained high since the first wave, have stayed at the same level with a slight increase from the sixth-wave Survey. With regard to the subjective social class, on the other hand, there has been no change in the ratio of respondents who think they belong to the “upper middle,” “lower middle,” or “working class” but a slight increase in the ratios of respondents who consider themselves to belong to the “upper” or “lower” classes.
There continues to be a high perception of Japanese culture and traditional values, indicating that Japanese people hope to cherish their national values while cooperating and building closer relationships with the global community. No increase was observed in political interest.
Click below for the news release.
Results of World Values Survey 2019 in Japan.pdf
* Ikeda Laboratory
Ken’ichi Ikeda Media Study Laboratory, Department of Media, Journalism and Communications, Faculty of Social Studies, Doshisha University
Representative: Professor Ken’ichi Ikeda
Research areas: Media communications, reconstruction of political social psychology, social-psychological study of social reality
In January 2020, Prof. Christian W. Haerpfer, President of the World Values Survey Association, visited Dentsu Institute. He discussed his past endeavors and future policies with Naoki Tani, Executive Producer of Dentsu Institute.
Middle right: Christian W. Haerpfer, President of the World Values Survey Association
Middle left: Kseniya Kizilova, Head of Secretariat of the World Values Survey Association
Left: Naoki Tani, Executive Producer of Dentsu Institute
Right: Seiko Yamazaki, Chief Producer of Dentsu Institute