Every other year, SSF conducts nationwide surveys to grasp the current situation of and interest in sports in Japan and provide information that supports their promotion. By gaining an understanding of the sports participation rate (changes in number of people involved in active sports*), SSF has also been able to compare sports in Japan with sports in other countries that boast a high level of sports development. Since 2001, SSF has been conducting a survey once every four years targeting teens, which has also allowed it to verify the results of its activities. As of 2009, it began conducting a national survey targeting children between the ages of 4 and 9, the first survey of its kind in Japan.
*SSF defines “people involved in active sports” as those who are involved in activities that are at least “moderately vigorous” in intensity for 30 consecutive minutes or more at least twice a week.