Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Statistics Bureau
  • Inquiry
  • Sitemap
  • Japanese

Main contents start here

Survey on Time Use and Leisure Activities

Summary of Results (1996)

Released on September 30, 1997

Time Use

(1) In 1996, the weekly average of time allocation per day to the primary activities was 10 hours 32 minutes, the secondary activities 7 hours 18 minutes, and the tertiary activities 6 hours 9 minutes. More time was allocated to the primary and tertiary activities than in 1991, while the secondary activities decreased.

(2) Among the secondary activities, work time decreased much especially on Saturday.

(3) Men allocated more time to housework and the related work than in 1991, however, there is still a wide gap between sexes.

(Note)

The primary activities

the activities which are physiologically necessary such as sleeping, meals, etc

The secondary activities

the activities which a person is committed to perform as a member of the family or society such as working, housekeeping, schoolwork, etc.

The tertiary activities

all other activities which are mostly corresponds to free time such as hobbies and amusements, sports, etc

Time Spent per Day on Activities by Sex (Weekly Average)

 

in hours . minutes
( ) : change from 1991 to 1996

 

Total
(15 years old
and over)

Male

Female

Primary activities

10 . 32 ( 0 . 07)

10 . 26 ( 0 . 07)

10 . 39 ( 0 . 09)

 

Sleep

7 . 44 ( 0 . 02)

7 . 52 ( 0 . 02)

7 . 36 ( 0 . 02)

Secondary activities

7 . 18 (-0 . 21)

7 . 15 (-0 . 18)

7 . 21 (-0 . 25)

 

Work (paid)

4 . 10 (-0 . 10)

5 . 36 (-0 . 10)

2 . 48 (-0 . 11)

 

Housework and
related work

2 . 09 (-0 . 02)

0 . 27 ( 0 . 03)

3 . 46 (-0 . 06)

Tertiary activities

6 . 09 ( 0 . 13)

6 . 19 ( 0 . 11)

6 . 00 ( 0 . 16)

Table 1 - Time Spent per Day on Activities by Sex, Age Group (Weekly Average) (Excel:30KB)
Table 2 - Time Spent per Day on Activities by Sex, Age Group (Weekday) (Excel:30KB)
Table 3 - Time Spent per Day on Activities by Sex, Age Group (Saturday) (Excel:30KB)
Table 4 - Time Spent per Day on Activities by Sex, Age Group (Sunday) (Excel:30KB)

Leisure Activities during the Past Year

(1) Persons engaged in any sport activity during the past year (October 1995 to September 1996) amounted 76 . 0 % of total population 10 years and over. According to the type of activity, the highest rate was observed in bowling (29 . 1 %), followed by light physical exercise, taking walk as a sport and swimming.

(2) Persons engaged in any social activity during the past year amounted 26 . 9 % and any voluntary social activity 25 . 3 %. The women's participation rate was higher than the men's rate.

(3) Persons who enjoyed travel and excursion during the past year amounted 82 . 8 % and travel (at least an overnight stay) 71 . 5 %. Sightseeing to foreign countries of travel amounted 10 . 4 %, and especially for 20 to 29 years of women, the rate observed more than 20 %.

Percentage of Persons Engaged in Leisure Activities by Sex

 

Total
(10 years old
and over)

Male

Female

Sports

76 . 0 %

81 . 7 %

70 . 5 %

Studies and researches

30 . 6 %

30 . 7 %

30 . 6 %

Social activities

26 . 9 %

25 . 6 %

28 . 1 %

 

Voluntary social activities

25 . 3 %

24 . 2 %

26 . 4 %

Hobbies and amusements

90 . 5 %

91 . 7 %

89 . 4 %

Travel and excursion

82 . 8 %

82 . 4 %

83 . 2 %

 

Travel (at least an overnight stay)

71 . 5 %

72 . 5 %

70 . 5 %

Table 5 - Percentage of Persons Engaged in Sports by Sex, Age Group (Excel:36KB)
Table 6 - Percentage of Persons Engaged in Studies and Researches by Sex, Age Group (Excel:25KB)
Table 7 - Percentage of Persons Engaged in Social Activities by Sex, Age Group (Excel:25KB)
Table 8 - Percentage of Persons Engaged in Hobbies and Amusements by Sex, Age Group (Excel:37KB)
Table 9 - Percentage of Persons Engaged in Travel and Excursion by Sex, Age Group (Excel:24KB)

BackHome

Top of this page