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National Survey of Family Income and Expenditure

2004 National Survey of Family Income and Expenditure Overview

1. Survey Objectives

The National Survey of Family Income and Expenditure is designed to provide a clear picture of aspects of Japanese citizens’ lifestyles such as national and regional household consumption, income and asset levels, composition and distribution through a comprehensive survey of items such as household income and expenditures, savings and liabilities, consumer durables, residences and residential property. The survey has been implemented every five years since the first survey in 1959. This is the 10th survey.

2. Survey Period

Over three months, from September to November 2004. However, one-person households were surveyed over the two months of October and November.

3. Survey Subjects

The survey covers households with two or more members, as well as one-person households, chosen from among all households nationwide in accordance with selection methods specified by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.

4. Municipalities Surveyed

All 680 cities existing as of January 1, 2004, were surveyed and 458 of the 2,497 towns and villages existing as of January 1, 2004, were chosen.

5. Households Surveyed

54,372 households with two or more members and 5,002 one-person households were surveyed.

6. Survey Items and Dates

Questionnaire types Survey items Survey periods
Households of two or more people One-person households
Household accounts A

Income (workers’ and unemployed households)

Expenditures
Households of two or more people One-month period: October
Household accounts B

Income (workers’ and unemployed households)

Expenditures

Purchase points
One-month period: November
Household questionnaire Items related to household, number of household members, housing, and residential area As of September 1 As of October 1
Consumer durables questionnaire Items related to major durable goods (40 categories) As of end of October
Annual income, savings questionnaire Items related to annual income, current savings balance, and current debt balance As of end of November

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