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Popular sports to participate in during COVID-19 outbreak Japan 2020

According to a survey conducted in June 2020, over 27 percent of respondents in Japan stated that they had a walk for exercise in the last several months after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Almost half, on the other hand, responded that they have not participated in any sports or physical exercises between February to May in 2020. When compared to the sports participation from February 2019 to January 2020, swimming showed the steepest decline with a drop from more than four percent to around 1.5 percent.

Most popular sports and physical activities to participate in amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Japan as of May 2020

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

June 3 to 5, 2020

Number of respondents

5,000 respondents

Age group

18-79 years

Special properties

multiple answers possible; sports/physical exercise participation in February to May, 2020; excluding school sports lessons, but including club activities at schools and workplaces

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Have you done any types of sports or physical exercise in the following list?"

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