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Training Course for Beginners Being Opened on YouTube!
The Statistical Research and Training Institute has started providing the on-line training course titled "Statistics for Beginners -Online Course for Government Officials-" to the world on YouTube.
For contributing to the dissemination and improvement of statistical literacy on a worldwide scale, we produced the English versions of lecture slides and subtitles of the course which we already developed and released for domestic use in 2016.
The course gives basic statistical knowledge focusing on how to read and use data and going back to how to collect them.
Each chapter is composed of approximately five lecture videos. By following five chapters, you will get basic knowledge on statistics. One lecture is short and about ten minutes so that it is easy to be taken.
The course is available by clicking the title below.
Statistics for Beginners(YouTube)
The Statistical Research and Training Institute aims to promote the development and the dissemination of statistical knowledge, and to contribute to the development of statistical systems in Japan and globally. The Institute has four main functions: 1) statistical research, 2) statistical training.
The Institute provides statistical training courses in Japanese language only for civil servants of national and local governments within the country. Non-Japanese or those not in the Japanese civil service system, therefore, cannot apply for the training courses described here.
- -Important notification-
- In April 2013, the following two functions were transferred to the Statistics Bureau due to the revision of the Order for the Organization of the MIC.
- Compiling statistical compendia
- Statistics Library and Statistics Museum
The Institute was founded in 1921 as the Statistics Staff Training Institute within the Census Office (Kokusei-in). After being suspended from 1943 to 1946, in 1948 it became a permanent body attached to the successor agency to the Kokusei-in, the Statistics Bureau of the Prime Minister's Agency.
In 1971, the Institute opened its courses to all personnel of the national and local governments and public corporations, and was renamed the Statistical Training Institute of the Statistics Bureau.
In 1978, the present building was constructed. In the 1984 administrative reforms, the Institute became a subsidiary body of the Statistics Center of the Management and Coordination Agency.
During the 2001 administrative reforms when the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) was established, the Institute was transformed into the Statistical Research and Training Institute (by integrating the research and publishing functions as well as the library). This was done in order to establish a more systematic connection between research and training.
In 2003, the Statistical Research and Training Institute was designated an independent educational institution of the MIC.
In April 2013, the functions of Compiling stasistical compendia and Stasistics Library and Statistics Museum were transferred to the Statistics Bureau due to the revision of the Order for the Organization of the MIC.
In March 2014, the Institute moved to Kokubunji City located in the west part of Tokyo (in the facility of the Institute for Information and Communications Policy).
The Institute fulfills the roles of a central statistical training institute as well as a special training institute for statistics in Japan. It provides various statistical training courses for the personnel of national and local governments with the aim of imparting statistical knowledge and skills in duties such as the compilation of statistics, statistical analysis, and the use of statistical data.
- Statistical Training Courses
- (a) Comprehensive Course
The Comprehensive Course aims to provide extensive and comprehensive knowledge, theories and analytical skills in statistics required in various administrative fields.
- (b) Thematic Courses
The Thematic Courses mainly aim to provide knowledge, theories and analytical skills in statistics by constituent subjects of the Comprehensive Course such as 'Designing Statistical Surveys', 'Population Estimation' and 'National and Prefectural Accounts.'
- (c) Specialized Courses
The Specialized Courses aim to provide basic statistical knowledge required for practical work, and knowledge and technical skills in the specific fields of statistics in various forms.
The lecturers of the Institute are comprised of professors, associate professors and lecturers of national and private universities, researchers of research institutions, the personnel of ministries and agencies, and the instructors of the Institute.
The Statistical Research and Training Institute promotes the following research activities so that we can respond appropriately to research and development of advanced statistical technology, strengthening of support to ministries, and utilization of big data etc.
- Research on statistical techniques common to ministries
- Support for statistical techniques in response to requests from ministries and local governments
- Planning / implementation of research activities and collection / arrangement of information on big data
- Joint Research(Research Paper)
The institute is striving to interlink research activities by inviting excellent external researchers as guest researchers according to the research theme, in order to conduct research on advanced use of statistics, with a central focus on statistics under the Statistics Bureau. These activities are categorized as joint researches with external researchers, and the results are published as research papers.
Recent joint research themes are as follows.
(a) Current Condition in Imputation of Missing Data in Official Statistics outside Japan - Review of Literatures
(b) Basic Research Related to the Production of Anonymized Data Using Perturbation
(c) A Population Census-Based Study on Indices of Disaster Measures
(d) An Empirical Analysis of Price Distribution using the Japanese National Survey of Prices
- Research Memoir of Official Statistics
"Research Memoir of Official Statistics" is a journal aimed to provide results of research that contribute to "improvement and development of official statistics" and "promotion of utilization of official statistics as evidence for policy".
- Reports and presentations in academic societies and meetings
The Statistical Research and Training Institute participates as members in statistical societies of Japan along with the Statistics Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards).
At meetings of these societies, we present such outcomes as the results of researches and analyses conducted by the staffs of the Statistics Bureau, the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards), and the Statistical Research and Training Institute, and are striving to collect fresh information on trends of researches in statistics and related fields.