A life satisfaction survey conducted by the government shows the number of people who claim to be content with their lives dropped 0.7 percentage point from last year to 70.3 percent, the first decline in six years.
By contrast, 29 percent of the respondents said they were dissatisfied with their lives, up 1.4 points, findings released by the Cabinet Office on Saturday showed.
The Cabinet Office said the results apparently reflect April’s consumption tax hike to 8 percent. The agency canvassed 10,000 adults nationwide between June 19 and July 6, receiving valid replies from 62.5 percent of them.
Of the respondents, 66.7 percent said their lives were problem- and worry-free. But among this group, some 57.9 percent, a record high, voiced concern about what the future holds as retirees.
Asked about measures the government should take to improve life satisfaction in Japan, 68.6 percent, the largest proportion, cited the need to improve social security systems, including health care and pension programs. This figure represented a rise of 2.7 points from the year before.
The life satisfaction survey has been conducted almost every year since 1958.