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We analyzed the factors yielding inconvenience and laboriousness involved in shopping for food, using the data obtained by a consciousness survey. Spatial conditions such as time and distance, and means of transportation have the greatest influence on the inconvenience and laboriousness involved in shopping for food. Among other things, a long journey to a grocery store is quite troublesome for elderly people. Travel by car greatly reduces the inconvenience and hassle. In general, elderly people experience much more hassle than younger people. These results may help statistically identify the group of people needing countermeasures. However, regional differences must be kept in mind. In a suburban housing complex of a big city, for example, families with small children too might find it troublesome to shop for food.

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