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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


IV. Community and Volunteering

3. Volunteer activities

(1) Previous volunteering experiences
Q28  [HAND R CARD 28] We would like to ask you about "volunteer activities" in which you would offer your own time for the sake of other people and society, aside from your main job. Are you currently or have you previously been involved in such volunteer activities, aside from those that are required by your school or job?
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY) 
  1. I am currently involved
  2. I was involved previously, but not now
  3. I have never been involved
  4. Do not know
  5. Refused

When asked about their volunteering experiences, 43.9% of Japanese youth answered "I was involved previously but not now, " while 5.6% responded "I am currently involved." 50.4% of Japanese youth answered "I have never been involved."

Comparing the five countries, the percentage of those giving "I am currently involved" was the highest in the U.S.A. (17.6%). Elsewhere, the order was South Korea (8.2%), the U.K. (7.0%), France (6.3%), and Japan (5.6%).
      In contrast, the highest percentage of "I have never been involved" was found in France, at 81.0%. In the other countries, the order was the U.K. (72.1%), Japan (50.4%), the U.S.A. (43.3%), and South Korea (39.6%).

Table 4-3-1-1: Previous volunteering experiences < CSV Data >

Table 4-3-1-1: Previous volunteering experiences

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentage of those giving "I was involved previously but not now" has been on the increase since the sixth survey.

Table 4-3-1-2: Previous volunteering experiences (changes over the years) < CSV Data >

Table 4-3-1-2: Previous volunteering experiences (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that a higher percentage of females than males gave "I was involved previously but not now" (males: 38.1%; females: 49.6%), while a higher percentage of males gave "I have never been involved" (same as above: 56.3%, 44.6%).

Table 4-3-1-3: Previous volunteering experiences (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 4-3-1-3: Previous volunteering experiences (by gender)

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(2) Interest in volunteering
Q29  Are you interested in volunteer work?
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY) 
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Do not know
  4. Refused

When asked about their interest in volunteer work, 56.1% of Japanese youth answered "Yes, " which was 22 points more than gave "No" (34.4%).

Comparing the five countries, the highest percentage of those giving "Yes" was found in Japan (56.1%). Elsewhere, the order was South Korea (49.5%), France (44.1%), the U.S.A. (42.4%), and the U.K. (30.0%).

Table 4-3-2-1: Interest in volunteering < CSV Data >

Table 4-3-2-1: Interest in volunteering

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentage of those giving "Yes" increased 13 points over the previous survey (42.9% in the seventh to 56.1% in the eighth).

Table 4-3-2-2: Interest in volunteering (changes over the years) < CSV Data >

Table 4-3-2-2: Interest in volunteering (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that 15 points more females than males indicated an interest in doing volunteer work (males: 48.7%, females: 63.4%).

Table 4-3-2-3: Interest in volunteering (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 4-3-2-3: Interest in volunteering (by gender)

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(3) Reasons for interest in volunteer activities
[ASK Q30 IF ANSWERED YES IN Q29; OTHERS SKIP TO Q. 31]
Q30 [HAND R CARD 29] Why are you interested? Please select as many items from the list on the card that apply.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. I want to improve my local community or society
  2. I want to help people who have problems
  3. I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience
  4. I want to discover what I really want to do in life
  5. I want to meet a variety of people
  6. It would be advantageous for going on in school or getting a job
  7. I want to make effective use of my free time
  8. Because the people around me are doing it
  9. Other (specifically,        )
  10. Do not know
  11. Refused

Given by the highest percentage of Japanese youth as their reasons for interest in volunteer activities was "I want to help people who have problems, " at 63.4%. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "I want to meet a variety of people" (55.6%), "I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience" (37.7%), "I want to improve my local community or society" (33.3%), and "I want to discover what I really want to do in life" (25.5%).

Comparing the five countries, similar to Japan, in the other four countries as well "I want to help people who have problems" was given by the highest percentage (South Korea: 58.9%; U.S.A.: 73.2%; U.K.: 63.2%; France: 74.7%).
      In South Korea, the responses that followed were, in descending order, "I want to meet a variety of people" (37.5%), "I want to improve my local community or society" (30.0%), "I want to discover what I really want to do in life" (22.0%), and "I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience " (21.0%).
      In the U.S.A., the responses that followed were, in descending order, "I want to improve my local community or society " (62.2%), "I want to meet a variety of people" (48.3%), "I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience " (45.5%), "I want to make effective use of my free time" (33.3%), and "It would be advantageous for going on in school or getting a job" (28.2%).
      In the U.K., of the responses that followed, "I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience" and "I want to meet a variety of people" were both given by 43.4%. Those that followed, in descending order, were "I want to improve my local community or society" (34.9%), "I want to make effective use of my free time" (25.7%), and "It would be advantageous for going on in school or getting a job" (23.0%).
      In France, the highest percentage following "I want to help people who have problems" was "I want to meet a variety of people" (38.6%). The responses that followed were, in descending order, "I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience" (26.6%), "I want to make effective use of my free time" (21.8%), and "I want to improve my local community or society" (18.1%).

Table 4-3-3-1: Reasons for interest in volunteer activities < CSV Data >
Table 4-3-3-1: Reasons for interest in volunteer activities

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentages of those giving "I want to learn new skills and capabilities and gain experience" (31.3% in the seventh to 37.7% in the eighth), "I want to improve my local community or society" (same as above: 26.4% to 33.3%), and "It would be advantageous for going on in school or getting a job" (same as above: 4.9% to 10.5%) increased over the previous survey.

Table 4-3-3-2: Reasons for interest in volunteer activities (changes over the years) < CSV Data >
Table 4-3-3-2: Reasons for interest in volunteer activities (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that "I want to help people who have problems" was the response given by the highest percentage among both males and females (males: 59.2%; females: 66.6%). More females than males answered "I want to meet a variety of people" (same as above: 50.0%, 59.7%), while more males gave "I want to improve my local community or society" (same as above: 37.8%, 30.0%).

Table 4-3-3-3: Reasons for interest in volunteer activities (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 4-3-3-3: Reasons for interest in volunteer activities (by gender)

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