Japanese prefer spending more time with their families and less time in office meetings and working late compared with 30 years ago, but are not necessarily hoping for longer vacations, according to a survey by Citizen Watch Co.

The online survey, which was conducted on Sept. 25-26 on 400 adults 20 years old or older, shows that people seem to have become "inactive" on the back of the long sluggish economic situation, according to an expert studying the relationship between people's lives and time.

The Japanese watch company compared the results with those of a similar survey conducted in 1989, when Japan's asset-inflated bubble economy was at its peak. The collapse of the bubble economy was followed by a prolonged recession known as the "lost decade."