• Jiji


A majority of people in Japan want to take domestic trips or dine out with family and friends once the COVID-19 pandemic is contained, a survey by Central Research Services Inc., a Jiji Press affiliate, has shown.

With multiple answers allowed, domestic trips were cited by 64.4% of respondents, the largest proportion, when asked what they want to do once the pandemic subsides. Dining out with family and friends were chosen by 62.7%, the second largest.

Visits to theme parks, amusement parks or zoos were cited by 32.6%, outdoor shopping by 32.4% and events or concerts by 31.6%.

The findings of the survey, conducted from March 5 to 14, indicate that many people in the country want to go out and are apparently tired of staying home amid the pandemic.

The survey showed that 79.4% of respondents said the pandemic had an impact on their life, far surpassing the 16.5% who said there was no such impact.

Asked about what impact the pandemic had, with multiple answers allowed, 76% of respondents said they did not go out frequently and 68.6% said they had less interactions with relatives and friends.

Falling income was cited by 27.2% of respondents, growing restlessness by 18.3%, frequent quarrels with family by 4.9% and job losses by 1.9%.

The interview-based survey covered 4,000 people age 20 or older across the country. Valid answers came from 30%.

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