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Chapter I Profiles of the Statistics Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) of Japan

1. The roles of the Statistics Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning in the Japanese statistical system

   The Statistics Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning belong to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). The MIC is responsible for administrative functions related to a wide variety of aspects of the lives of Japanese citizens. The MIC consists of the Minister’s Secretariat, nine bureaus, three Director-Generals for Policy Planning, several institutes and other organizations (including the Statistical Research and Training Institute), and local branch offices.


Organization of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Note:This organization chart only indicates major organizations in the MIC and National Statistics Center (Incorporated Administrative Agency).


   The Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning play key roles in the Japanese statistical system, which aims to provide appropriate statistics on a timely basis in response to socio-economic changes.


(1) The Bureau conducts fundamental censuses and statistical surveys.

   The following are statistics produced by the Bureau (See also Chapter III for more detail):

  • Population Census
  • Current Population Estimates
  • Internal Migration Statistics
  • Housing and Land Survey
  • Labour Force Survey
  • Employment Status Survey
  • Economic Census for Business Frame
  • Economic Census for Business Activity
  • Unincorporated Enterprise Survey
  • Survey of Research and Development
  • Monthly Survey on Service Industries
  • Establishment and Enterprise Census 〔1947-2006〕*1
  • Survey on Service Industries 〔1989-2004〕*1
  • Family Income and Expenditure Survey
  • National Survey of Family Income and Expenditure
  • Survey of Household Economy
  • Retail Price Survey
  • National Survey of Prices 〔1967-2007〕*2
  • Consumer Price Index
  • Survey on Time Use and Leisure Activities

*1The Establishment and Enterprise Census and Survey on Service Industries are integrated in the Economic Census.

*2The National Survey of Prices is combined in the Retail Price Survey (Structural Survey).


(2) The Bureau promotes the use of statistical information in various ways. (See also Chapter IV for more detail.)


(3) The Director-General for Policy Planning plans and coordinates the statistical activities of the Japanese Government, thereby improving the statistical system and reducing the burden on respondents, etc.(See also Chapter VI for more detail.)

Building of the Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning

Statistical System of Japan

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