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National Survey of the Japanese Elderly, 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Liang, Jersey (University of Michigan. Institute of Gerontology)
  • Maeda, Daisaku (Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Heath and Human Services. National Institute on Aging
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
Free Keywords
aging; demographic characteristics; financial assets; health status; mental health; older adults; psychological wellbeing; social integration
  • Abstract

    This survey, a follow-up to the original Wave I survey undertaken in 1987 (ICPSR 6842), was designed to create a panel dataset for use in cross-cultural analyses of aging in Japan and the United States. It was created to match as closely as possible with Wave I, while also allowing for growth in specific areas of interest. In addition, the survey was designed to be partially comparable in content with AMERICANS' CHANGING LIVES: WAVES I, II, III, AND IV, 1986, 1989, 1994, AND 2006 (ICPSR 4690) and the NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1984: SUPPLEMENT ON AGING (ICPSR 8659). The survey has nine sections: demographics (age, sex, marital status, education, employment), social integration (interpersonal contacts, social supports), health status (limitations on daily life and activities, health conditions, level of physical activity), subjective well-being and mental health status (life satisfaction, morale), psychological indicators (life events, locus of control, self-esteem), financial situation (financial status), memory (measures of cognitive functioning), and interviewer observations (assessments of respondents).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1990-11
  • Collection date: 1990-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Japan
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutionalized persons 60 years of age and older as of November 1987 who were residing in Japan.
This is a three-year follow-up of the original 1987 survey, which was a national two-stage probability sample of census enumeration districts and of persons within them.
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Heath and Human Services. National Institute on Aging (AG06643). Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3407 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03407.v1
  • Kajitani, Shinya. Working in old age and health outcomes in Japan. Japan and the World Economy.23, (3), 153-162.2011.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.japwor.2011.06.001 (DOI)
  • Idler, Ellen L., Benyamini, Yael. Self-rated health and mortality: A review of twenty-seven community studies. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.38, (1), 21-37.1997.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Liang, Jersey; Maeda, Daisaku (2002): National Survey of the Japanese Elderly, 1990. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.