There are 4 years until the Tokyo Olympics.

While just the mere fact that The Olympics will be held in Tokyo excites me, many athletes are currently trying to fulfill their dreams of competing in The Olympics 4 years later. What about the rest of the world?

We, the editorial team at Time Spot, conducted a survey of 1000 males and females over the age of 15 and asked them the question:
“What are some dreams that you want to fulfill before 2020, the year in which the Tokyo Olympics will be held?”

The results are as follows!

Approximately 40% of respondants answered they have a dream they want to fulfill before The Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

40.5% responded they have dreams they want to fulfill.

It is said that “adults tend to forget about their dreams” but we discovered roughly 40% of people have dreams.

Well, what kind of dreams do people have? Below are the results we found through a research filled with many multiple choice questions!

The top ranking dreams people want to fulfill before Tokyo Olympics were related to “money”.

Answers related to money, such as: “Winning the lottery (37.9%)”, “Achieving my target salary (26/9%), “Getting a job at a great company (19.2%)” were among 3 of the top 5 answers.

Although the economy has been back on the rise, society as a whole continues to be unstable as of late. Many people seem to the wish of “improving personal financial situation by 2020”.

However, people’s dreams tend to change over time. So, the next ranking we present is on “Dreams that people want to fulfill by 2020”, categorized by age groups.

For dreams that people want to fulfill before the Tokyo Olympics, “ambition and growth” ranked top for the 10s and “love and marriage” for the 20s.

“To become fluent in English (55.9%)” and “Get a girlfriend/boyfriend (55.9%)” ranked top for the 10s, who still have a long way until working and are filled with dreams and ambitions.
The former response is perhaps a result of people’s desire to become international citizens during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in which many foreigners will visit Japan. It’s a fairly serious answer.
On one hand, just as “Becoming famous (35.3%)” ranked 4th, the ambitious responses reflecting the young mind.
On the other hand, there were many respondants who were rather realistic; “Get a good job at a great company (41.2%)” ranked 3rd and “Pass the National Qualifications (29.4%)” ranked 5th.

Next, for the 20s, “Get married (40.6%)” ranked 1st, “Get a girlfriend/boyfriend (32.8%)” ranked 3rd, and “Achieve family happiness / getting back together with partner (29.7%)” ranked 4th.
It is notable that 3 of the top 5 were related to “Love and family”. Although it often said that “because young people these days are so passive, they are not interested in marriage and marriage rate is stagnant”, in actuality, people are perhaps seriously interested in love and marriage deep down.
Separately, some other topics that ranked top were related to money: “annual salary (34.4%)” and “lottery (29.7%)”.

Coming up next are the dreams of 30s to 60s. The results are as follows!

For the 30s~50s, are the top ranking dreams still related to money?

For every generation in 30s~60s, “Winning the lottery” was the 1st in the ranks.
Besides 60s, “Achieveing a target annual salary” ranked 2nd. Dreams related to money seem to be more popular amongst the 30s~60s.
Perhaps because the 30s~50s are the backbones of the current Japanese society, there are more people that dream about performing well at the job at hand or attaining additional income temporarily.

However, it is not all about money.
Dreams related to family ranked highly as well: “Having children” for the 30s, “Achieving family happiness / getting back together with partner” for the 40s, and “Marriage of children / birth of grandchildren” for the 50s and 60s. Each of the answers reflected the differences in the stage of a person’s life.

Furthermore, whereas dreams related to work and improving skill sets were common amongst the 30s and 40s, dreams such as “increasing wealth”, “being fluent at English” were more common amongst the 50s and 60s, who are approaching retirement and are in the second stage of their lives.

Perhaps because the question was “dreams people wanted to realize by 2020”, there generally tended to be more realistic answers that were achievable and dependent on effort.
People may think of it as “not having a dream” but “a realistic dream that is achievable” can instead be seen as “a goal”.
Besides the obviously fluffy dream of “winning the lottery”, the results reflected the steady Japanese characteristics of “focusing and working hard at the tasks at hand”.

Although people may not even have the time to have any “dreams” or even the motivations as people start working and get caught up with their daily affairs, how about using 2020 as a cutoff and finding yourself “a dream that is achievable”?

Research Overview

Research Methodology Internet Research
Research Targets Japanese male and femals over the age of 15 (Monitas “Monitors” Monitor)
※Excludes Junior Highschool Students
Valid Respondents 1000
Sample Composition “In proportion to the Demographic composition ratio provided by General Affairs Provincial Bureau of Statistics.”
Research Period October 18, 2016 (Tue) ~ October 19, 2016 (Wed)