Current Research Projects

SSP Project (Project Leader: Toru Kikkawa)

The SSP Project has its secretariat in the Sociology of Experience Laboratory.

The SSP project is a comprehensive research organization that empirically addresses the relationship between social class (social position) and social consciousness (the way people see and think). The survey is a comprehensive research organization that demonstrates the relationship between the way of thinking and the way of life of the Japanese people today.

For more information on the SSP project and its research results, please refer to the SSP Project Website.

Collection of time-series data and establishment of a sampling web-based survey method for the National Survey of Stratified Attitudes (Principal Investigator: Toru Kikkawa)

In this study, the third SSP survey will be conducted in the fall of 2020, and data will be obtained at three points in time over a five-year interval to ascertain new trends in Japanese society. It is said that the PAPI (Questionnaire and Other Paper Inquiry) method, which has been used continuously up to now, will soon reach its limits. The next-generation survey mode, which is more efficient in collecting data from the younger generation, is an urgent issue.
We have therefore developed a new method of stratified multi-stage sampling of the target population, and have put it to practical use by guiding them to input their answers on the Web during the actual survey. The obtained data will be analyzed in comparison with existing data, and the results will be disseminated domestically and internationally.

Local Track Structure of Young Adults in a Society with Declining Population (Principal Investigator: Toru Kikkawa)

The structure and issues of the outflow of young people from rural areas for higher education will be portrayed based on evidence of the actual situation, which differs from region to region, and an academic discussion will be conducted.
The perspective will include not only the young people themselves, but also teachers, administrators, parents, local industries, and others. At the same time, by taking a long time span of 30 years from the 20th century to the 21st century, and from their teens to their 50s as an individual life course, we will grasp the actual situation of young people in rural areas of Japan in a three-dimensional manner.

Perceptions of Belongingness by Citizens to Immigrant Receiving Societies: An Experimental Investigation (Principal Investigator: Akira Igarashi)

This study uses an experimental method to examine which immigrants are perceived by the public in Japan and the United Kingdom as having a strong sense of belonging to the host society. By using an experimental method in which profiles of immigrants are randomly generated and presented, we examine which immigrants are perceived by the public as having a strong sense of belonging and clarify factors related to the perception of immigrants’ sense of belonging. By conducting similar experiments in Japan and the U.K., we will examine how differences in the social environment affect immigrants’ perceptions of belonging.