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A Quick Reference to the Statistics Bureau, the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) and the Statistical Research and Training Institute (2014)

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Statistical Organizations in Japan

The statistical system of the Japanese government is decentralized, in that, while the Statistics Bureau conducts fundamental censuses and statistical surveys, other relevant ministries produce statistics for their own policy purposes. The Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) is responsible for coordinating the statistical activities of different ministries. The Statistical Research and Training Institute aims to promote the development of statistical knowledge, and the National Statistics Center performs the tabulation necessary for government statistical surveys.

Statistics Bureau of Japan (SBJ) is responsible for: Planning and Implementation of fundamental official statistics, Collection/ Planning of dissemination of statistical information, and International cooperation in statistics; Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) (DGPP-SS): Government-wide coordination of statistical activities; Statistical Research and Training Institute (SRTI): Statistical research and training; and National Statistics Center: Data processing of fundamental official statistics, and provision of official statistics-based services

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Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart/ Statistics Bureau--General Affairs Division: Director for Statistical Quality Managemen; Statistical Information Systems Division: Statistical Information Planning Office, Statistical Library; and Statistical Survey Department: Survey Planning Division (Geographic Information Office, Director for Information Processing, Director for Statistical Classification and Commodity Specification, and Senior Analyst for Statistical Surveys(2)), Population Census Division (Labour Force Statistics Office), Economic Statistics Division, Economic Structure Statistics Division, and Consumer Statistics Division (Price Statistics Office)/ Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards): Director for Statistical Planning, Directors for Statistical Clearance (3), and Director for International Statistical Affairs (Senior Analyst for International Statistical Affairs, and Director for International Training Cooperation Cooperation)/ Statistical Research and Training Institute: Admini,

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Censuses and Statistical Surveys

The Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is responsible for Japan's fundamental censuses and statistical surveys.

The Population Census and the Economic Census form the core of the system of official statistics. The Population Census covers all the people living in Japan, which clarifies the status of population and households, and has been conducted every five years starting in 1920.

The Economic Census was newly created to clarify the economic activities of establishments and enterprises in all industrial sectors at the same time. This Census is composed of the "Economic Census for Business Frame" which grasps their basic characteristics, and the "Economic Census for Business Activity" which clarifies their economic activity. The 2nd "Economic Census for Business Frame" was conducted in 2014 and the 1st "Economic Census for Business Activity" was conducted in 2012.

Official statistics compiled from the Population Census and Economic Census are used by the central and local governments to reflect them in planning and monitoring their policies. They are also widely used by the private sector, research institutes and academia.

The Bureau also compiles and publishes fundamental monthly statistics based on sample surveys: the Labour Force Survey providing current employment and unemployment statistics, the Family Income and Expenditure Survey providing statistics on household accounts, and the Consumer Price Index based on the Retail Price Survey.

Statistics Produced by the Statistics Bureau

Statistics Produced by the Bureau/ POPULATION: Population Census (quinquennial), Report on Internal Migration in Japan (monthly), and Population Estimates (monthly); HOUSING & LAND: Housing and Land Survey (quinquennial); EMPLOYMENT & UNEMPLOYMENT: Labour Force Survey (monthly)*, and Employment Status Survey (quinquennial); LIFESTYLE: Survey on Time Use and Leisure Activities (quinquennial); ESTABLISHMENTS & ENTERPRISES: Economic Census for Business Frame (quinquennial), Economic Census for Business Activity (quinquennial), Unincorporated Enterprise Survey (quarterly, annual), and Monthly Survey on Service Industries (monthly, annual); RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT: Survey of Research and Development (annual); HOUSEHOLD ECONOMY: Family Income and Expenditure Survey(monthly)*, Survey of Household Economy (monthly), and National Survey of Family Income and Expenditure (quinquennial); PRICES: Retail Price Survey (monthly), and Consumer Price Index (monthly)*; and REGION: Grid Square Statistics/ *:The results of these three are reported monthly at the Cabinet Meetings by the Minister

Process of Producing Statistics

Process of Producing Statistics/ Planning and Management (by Statistics Bureau): Designing the survey, e.g. defining the concepts and definitions, developing the methods and the output forms, etc.; Preparing survey documents; Conducting censuses and statistical surveys; and Supervising field organizations > Field Surveys (by Local Goverments, Statistical Enumerators): Distributing and collecting questionnaires; and Examining and submitting filled-in questionnaires and other survey documents > Data Processing (by National Statistics Center (Incorporated Administrative Agency)): Reception and storage of questionnaires; Input and inspection of the data; and Coding, tabulation and review > sAnalysis and Publication (by Statistics Bureau): Analyzing results; Preparing reports; and Disseminating statistics

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Dissemination of Statistical Information

The Statistics Bureau, the central organization in the official statistical system, focuses on dissemination of statistical information, advanced use of statistical data, and familiarization of statistical literacy, based on the idea that statistics is the information platform for the society. It promotes various strategic initiatives for dissemination of statistical information.

The "Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan (e-Stat)" was established in April 2008 under the leadership of the Bureau. The e-Stat provides a one-stop online service for obtaining statistical information published by ministries on the Internet, and enables users to view and download official statistics with convenient features such as retrieving data by prefecture and municipality, and drawing statistical maps. Also, the Bureau promotes the project of open data for official statistics in a sophisticated way.

The Bureau provides a wide range of information concerning their statistics on a timely basis and in an easy-to-understand form through various publications, a website, an official Facebook page, and an e-mail newsletter.

The Bureau website, in collaboration with the e-Stat, provides various menus, such as "Statistics" containing the results of censuses and statistical surveys published by the Bureau and "Statistical Compendia", "Statistical System" including the Statistics Act and the Statistical Standard Classifications, and "Study Statistics" to familiarize statistical literacy. The e-mail newsletter "News Bulletin" delivers summaries of the main statistical survey results to subscribers along with the latest information and announcements.

The content of statistical information described above is presented mainly in Japanese and partially in English.

Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan (e-Stat) sites

Picture: Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan (e-Stat)

Website of the Statistics Bureau

Picture: Website of the Statistics Bureau

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International Cooperation in Statistics

The Statistics Bureau conducts various international cooperation activities, such as hosting international statistical conferences, sending statistical experts to other countries, and inviting trainees in response to requests from foreign countries and international organizations. The Bureau contributes to promote technical cooperation through these activities.

Technical Cooperation Programs

Picture: Project on Improving Official Statistics in Cambodia
Project on Improving Official Statistics in Cambodia

The Bureau sends statistical experts to other countries for extended periods on a request basis for technical cooperation, for example, for a country's Population Census. Experts have been sent to Mexico, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Argentina, Myanmar, and Cambodia etc., in approximate chronological order.

The Bureau also invites trainees in response to requests from foreign countries and international organizations, and gives lectures for them.

Hosting International Statistical Conferences

Picture: The 13th East Asian Statistical Conference
The 13th East Asian Statistical Conference

The Bureau occasionally hosts international statistical conferences. Since 1980, the Bureau has hosted the East Asian Statistical Conference (EASC), mostly in Japan, at intervals of two or three years.

Also the Bureau promotes exchanging of information and views from an international perspective by hosting international symposiums and expert meetings such as the 28th Meeting of Voorburg Group on Service Statistics in 2013 and the 27th Population Census Conference in 2014.

Bilateral Cooperation

Picture: The 27th Korean Statistical Mission to Japan
The 27th Korean Statistical Mission to Japan

The Bureau has been promoting exchanges of statistical missions with China and Korea almost every year. It has been regularly exchanging missions with China since 1980 and with Korea since 1982.

Receiving Visitors from Abroad

Picture: The Visitors from the Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan
The Visitors from the Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan

The Bureau welcomes overseas statistical missions visiting Japan for specific purposes, and provides them with information and data as requested.

The Bureau receives more than 100 international visitors every year, and exchanges information and views on the statistical methods, as well as the technologies involved in censuses and statistical surveys.

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Statistical Research and Training Institute

The Statistical Research and Training Institute (SRTI) was established in 1921. After several organizational changes, the Institute integrated the research function as well as the training function in 2001.

In April 2003, the Institute was designated as an independent educational institution of the MIC. In March 2014, SRTI moved to a site located in the Institute for Information and Communications Policy of the MIC (KOKUBUNJI City).

Statistical Training

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Statistical Training

The Institute provides various statistical training courses for the personnel of national and local governments and government-affiliated organizations with the aim of imparting statistical knowledge and skills.

Statistical Research Activities

The Institute conducts various statistical research and joint research under the lead of the Research Office, such as researches on advanced use of results of various statistical surveys and on statistical technologies with guest researchers, in response to statistical needs due to socio-economic changes.

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The Statistics Bureau's Mission and Guiding Principles

Our Mission: What are we committed to?

We play a central role in the official statistical system of Japan for the production, compilation and dissemination of official statistics which are fundamental to monitor the socio-economic conditions of our country.

We systematically develop and disseminate relevant and reliable statistics which meet the needs arising from the socio-economic changes, and provide them in a timely and proper manner. We aim to support the planning, formulation and evaluation of governmental policies, and assist in rational decision-making by individuals and businesses. Moreover, we strive to contribute towards the improvement of people's lives, and the development of society and economy.

Our Guiding Principles: To achieve our mission

We listen to requests and comments from a wide range of people including users of statistics, respondents to surveys and learners of statistics, and endeavor continuously for better production / dissemination of statistics; bear in mind the following 5 guidelines;

5 guidelines: Searching useful, objective and accurate statistics for society; Providing available and value added statistical information; Paying due attention to the burden on respondents and protecting respondentsfconfidentiality; Associating and cooperating with local governments; and Building up a high level of expertise and contributing to the development of statistical surveys in Japan and abroad

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Towards an Efficient Statistics Administration

The Statistics Act is designed in recognition of the fact that official statistics supply critical information which citizens need in order to make reasonable decisions. The purposes of this Act are to promote the systematic and efficient development of official statistics and to ensure the usefulness thereof through specifying basic matters concerning the production and provision of official statistics. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of the national economy and enhancement of the living standards of the citizens.

In order to accomplish the intention of the Statistics Act, the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) conducts the planning and drafting of fundamental matters or examination and the adjustment of statistical surveys to coordinate the statistical activities of different ministries.

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The Role of the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards)

Planning and Promotion of Basic Statistical matters

  • Enactment and revision of Statistics Act and other legislation
  • Formulation of the Master Plan in order to establish a more comprehensive and better organized statistical system
  • Dissemination of statistical knowledge and activities and maintenance of the statistical organizations of local governments including the enumerators

Examination and Coordination of Censuses and Statistical Surveys

  • Coordination of the statistical activities of different ministries

Establishment of Statistical Standards

Coordinating International Statistical Activities

Picture: A lecture at SIAP
A lecture at SIAP
  • Participation in the international statistical activities
  • Cooperation with the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP)
    The Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) has been contributing to support the training activities of SIAP for more than 40 years. SIAP has trained over 14,000 officials from 128 countries and territories as of the end of March 2014.

Statistical System of Japan/ Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) consult and receive reports from Statistics Commission (Cabinet Office), the Advisory Body./ Ministries of National Government which has statistical offices: Main Statistics or Surveys conducted/ Cabinet Office: National Accounts, etc./ Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Statistics Bureau, etc.): Population Census, Economic Census, Labour Force Survey, etc./ Ministry of Justice: Statistics on Registration, etc./ Ministry of Finance: Financial Statements Statistics of Corporations by Industry, etc./ Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: School Basic Survey, etc./ Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: Vital Statistics, etc./ Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Census of Agriculture and Forestry, etc./ Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry: Census of Manufactures, etc./ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism: Building Starts, etc.

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Transportation and Access Map

Statistics Bureau

Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards)

19-1 Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku-ku. Tokyo 162-8668 Japan

TEL: +81-3-5273-1116/ FAX: +81-3-5273-1010



By Rail

  • Toei Oedo Line (subway)---5-minute walk from "Wakamatsu-Kawada" Station
  • Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (subway)---15-minute walk from "Waseda" Station
  • Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (subway)---15-minute walk from "Higashi-Shinjuku" Station

By Bus

  • Bus from "JR Shin-Okubo" Station or "JR Okubo" Station

    Board the Toei bus for "Iidabashi" Station (No.62) or "Shinbashi" Station (No. 63), and get off at "Kokuritsu Kokusai Iryo Kenkyu Center (National Center for Global Health and Medicine)" (10 minutes).

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Statistical Research and Training Institute

2-11-16 Izumi-cho, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo 185-0024 Japan

TEL: +81-42-320-5870/ FAX: +81-42-320-5825



By Rail

  • JR Chuo Line or Musashino Line---6-minute walk from "Nishi-Kokubunji" Station
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