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Schedule of Census Implementation

Schedule of Census Implementation

The Economic Census for Business Activity is aimed at all establishments and enterprises and is conducted via two methods: surveys conducted by enumerators (primarily in the case of single-unit establishments and new establishments) and surveys conducted by the national, prefectural or municipal governments (primarily enterprises with branch shops, etc.).
Implementation of the census will be carried out as shown in the figures below.


Survey by Enumerators (Primarily Single-unit Establishments and New Establishments)

Schedule of Census Implementation


Survey by National, Prefectural or Municipal Government (Primarily Enterprises with Branch Shops, etc.)

Survey by Enumerators


Census Schedule

Survey by Enumerators (Primarily Single-unit Establishments and New Establishments)

Census forms distributed

May 20th(Fri) - 31st(Tue), 2016

Enumerators visit single-unit establishments without branch shops, etc., to directly distribute census forms.


Census completed on-line / Census forms collected

From June 1st(Wed), 2016

Starting June 1st, enumerators collect census forms directly from single-unit establishments without branch shops, etc., and from new establishments.

On-line completion of the census is also possible.
*Please contact the Call Center about anything you need clarified.
*On-line completion of the census is possible between May 20th (Fri) and June 7th (Tue), 2016.
*The period for collection of census forms by enumerators will differ for each municipality.


Census forms checked and tabulated

Census forms are checked for errors, omissions, etc., and are then tabulated by computer.


Participation in the census is required under the Statistics Act (reporting requirement) in order to ensure the creation of accurate statistics.


Survey by National, Prefectural or Municipal Government (Primarily Enterprises with Branch Shops, etc.)

Census forms sent out

Mid to late May, 2016

The national government mails out census forms to the head offices of enterprises with branch shops, etc., as well as to the head offices of some single-unit establishments, and includes questionnaire content for the subsidiary establishments.


Census completed on-line / Census forms collected

May 20th(Fri) - 31st(Tue), 2016

The census is completed and returned either on-line or by post (i.e., either on paper or electronically).
*Individual proprietors with branch shops, etc., have until June 15th (Wed) to complete the census.
*Please contact the Call Center about anything you need clarified.


Census forms checked and tabulated

Census forms are checked for errors, omissions, etc., and are then tabulated by computer.


Participation in the census is required under the Statistics Act (reporting requirement) in order to ensure the creation of accurate statistics.


Release of Census Results

Census results shall be made publicly available and searchable on-line and in a physically published format.

Preliminary tabulation results (tabulation results for census items common to all industries) shall be released by the end of May 2017.
Confirmed tabulation results (tabulation results for all census items) shall be sequentially released starting in September 2017.


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