We have already polled you, Joe Q. Reader, about piracy. Let's hear the results of a Japanese poll. Are they the same?


Japan's japan.internet.com polled 1,000 internet users about piracy. The sample was 55.3 percent male with 1.0 percent in their teens, 16.1 percent in their twenties, 27.1 percent in their thirties, 30.9 percent in their forties, 17.1 percent in their fifties, and 7.8 percent in their sixties.

Here are the results (via website What Japan Thinks):

Q1: Have you or people around you bought pirate goods? (Sample size=1,000)

• I and people near me have bought them: 9.7 percent
• I have, but people near me haven't bought them: 1.4 percent
• I haven't, but people near me have bought them: 24.6 percent
• Neither I nor people near me have bought them: 64.3 percent

Q1SQ1: What kinds of pirate goods have you bought? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)

• CD: 46.8 percent
• DVD, Blu-ray: 45.0 percent
• Computer software: 28.8 percent
• Video: 20.7 percent
• Record: 18.9 percent
• Game software (including ROM cards): 13.5 percent
• Books, photo collections: 8.1 percent
• Other: 3.6 percent

[Note: The original Japanese site says "Record", which might also refer to laser discs and not simply vinyl LPs. Not familiar with pirated records.]

Q1SQ2: From where did you buy pirate goods? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)

• From a pirate shop: 37.8 percent
• From a pirate internet auction: 29.7 percent
• From a pirate street stall: 24.3 percent
• From a pirate web site: 13.5 percent
• From a pirate friend: 13.5 percent
• From a pirate bulletin board, email, etc: 6.3 percent
• Other pirate means: 12.6 percent

According to the results of this survey, piracy does not seem that common in Japan, hence the small sample set on the bottom two questions. Perhaps the sample size's age grouping has something to do with it?

3人に1人が、自分や周りに海賊版を買った人がいる - japan.internet.com デイリーリサーチ [japan.internet.com via WhatJapanThinks] [Pic]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter