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Watch 3DTV -- Caucasian 25-35yo American male Sun Nov 27, 2011 Sun Nov 28, 2011 2 / 2 / 2 20,000 40,000
Fair Skin Research -- Caucasian or Hispanic Tue Nov 29, 2011 Wed Nov 30, 2011 3 / 3 / 18 52,000 156,000
Job Adaptability -- Chinese & Japanese speakers Mon Sep 26, 2011   4 / 4 / ?? 10,000 40,000
Job Adaptability -- Korean & Japanese speakers Mon Mar 19, 2011   3 / -- / 31 8,000 24,000
Face Recognition -- Near Kawasaki station 10AM Mon Feb 14, 2011   25 / -- / 83 32,000 800,000
UAE Lifestyle -- In Japan <= 2 years 10AM Mon Feb 7, 2011   Cancelled. Couldn't gather enough applicants from UAE.
Voice Evaluation -- Mandarin native speakers 40s & 50s 10AM Mon Feb 7, 2011   11 / -- / 14 13,000 143,000
Car Navigation Testing -- For French / American guys Noon Wed Dec 22, 2010   7 / -- / 13 12,000 84,000
Japanese Language Interest Survey -- For FOBs Noon Fri Nov 18, 2010   ?? / -- / 13 10,000 ??
La Printer survey -- women testing printer 10AM Fri Oct 29, 2010   4 / 4 / 17 11,000 44,000
Hamburger Taste-Test for Australian Residents in Japan 10AM Wed Sep 24, 2010   11 / 11 / 26 10,000 110,000
Help test Motion Detecting / Handwriting Software 3PM Wed Sep 1, 2010   13 / 13/ 14 10,000 130,000
Job Adaptability (mystical beasts -- bilingual foreigners) Noon Fri Aug 20, 2010   8 / 23 8,000 64,000
Job Adaptability (any nationality) Noon Wed Aug 11, 2010 Fri Aug 27, 2010 66 / 72/ 100 8,000 528,000
Entering Taiwanese market (Taiwanese only) Forgot. Closed   7 / 7 / 7 10,000 70,000
Toothbrush testing 10 PM Tues Jul 20th, 2010   -- 10,000 --
Printer testing Forgot. Closed   1 / 1 / 1 15,000 15,000

News

(2011 / May / 8th; Osaka, Japan) 2011, Mar 11th Earthquake / tsunami / fukushima nuke disaster caused the flight of most foreigners from Tokyo (Kanto region). This was a big hit to our business. Had mass cancellations on one survey. Two other surveys did not take place, ending up being cancelled by the client.

Now cancelled gigs are bad enough. What really hurts, is the exodus of foreigners from Japan. Still waiting to know the full affects. Probably know after doing a few post-Earthquake surveys.

 

(2012 / Jan / 22nd; Tokyo, Japan) The number of paid gigs is on the rise. Took a hit from the 2011 Mar 11th earthquake, but business seems to have fully recovered.

 

Notes

Work with promoters both for the gigs. The promoters help to gather people when there is a new gig. And more importantly, they get paid for their efforts. Of course!! The amount the promoters have been paid is not shown.

The acceptence rate that i've been told is 80%. Which is very good. Meaning most people are accepted. Are we gonna take their word for it? Cough No! So the Latest and Past gig lists track the accepted vs. gathered ratio. From this we can surmise the actual acceptence rate.

When gigs occurs and when payment is made is also not shown in the listing. Look at the gig details if you're curious. See the dates is not what gets me hot. It's how much money has been spread around to both promoters and friends.

Are the survey's painful?

As the Japanese population goes down the only way to keep their current standard of living is either to increase productivity (fat chance) or increase population. The only way the population is gonna increase is through immigration. So Japanese gov't is really curious about the behavior of foreigners living in Japan. So expect lots of paid research on mostly silly things.

The surveys are usually two hours long and conducted within the Tokyo area. Nice and secure within the Yamanote line. Which i refer to as the foreigners safety zone. Anything outside best your going to get is convini food. Yuk!