Received: 15 November 2021
Accepted: 17 March 2022
First Online: 7 April 2022
: The web-based survey conducted in this study was not carried out by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), but by a third-party company. We contacted this company to conduct this survey, and the company then collected questionnaire data from all participants. All procedures and rules applied in the web-based survey followed the "Act on the Protection of Personal Information,” JIS Q 15001 (Personal Information Protection Management Systems). We then obtained only the questionnaire responses. Therefore, this web-based survey was not examined by the AIST Ethics Committee, nor was it examined by ergonomics and medical associations in Japan because it was carried out by a third-party company. The examination of this survey is out of the scope of our ethics committee, and we have not obtained ethics approval.Regarding the issue of informed consent, as a required step in the survey procedure, all participants had to read the explanation of the survey, which explicitly states that (1) the survey is not compulsory and (2) the participants can stop the survey at any stage (in this case, their information will not be collected). Therefore, the participants were completely informed about the survey’s contents and volunteered to participate in the survey. All methods were performed in accordance with the relevant guidelines and regulations.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests