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The Statistics Bureau compiles statistical compendia covering economic and social statistics, and other statistics, to meet a wide variety of statistical needs. The major statistical compendia are listed below. The Bureau's website (http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/index.htm) provides the following contents.
(a)Japan Statistical Yearbook (print and website; in Japanese and English)
This is the most comprehensive statistical yearbook covering many statistical fields, including land, population, economy, society, culture, and so on. The Yearbook was first published in 1882 as the Statistical Yearbook of the Japanese Empire, and continued to be published under the same title until 1941. After a break due to World War II, publication of the Yearbook resumed in 1949 under the present title, and it has continued to be published every year. Recent volumes have contained around 750 pages with around 540 tables in 30 fields.
(b) Nihon no Tokei (Statistics of Japan) (print and website; in Japanese only)
This book is an abridged version of the Statistical Yearbook, first published in 1956. It has been published every year since 1964. Recent volumes have contained around 300 pages with around 370 tables in 29 fields.
(c) Sekai no Tokei (International Statistical Compendium) (print and website; in Japanese only)
This is one of the most comprehensive international statistical compendia published in Japan. It has been published every year since 1951, and incorporates the most recent statistics of 190 countries available from the UN and other international organizations. Recent volumes have contained around 400 pages with around 160 tables, covering such topics as population, economy, society, and culture.
(d)Statistical Handbook of Japan (print and website; in English only)
This handbook, first published in 1958 (and every year since 1969), aims to provide information concerning the current socioeconomic situation of Japan. It contains around 220 pages of statistical tables, charts, explanations, maps and photos.
(e) Historical Statistics of Japan(website only; in Japanese and English)
This covers time-series data for over 100 years, featuring a wide selection of fundamental statistics, including land, population, economy, society, and culture. It contains 31 fields with 878 tables. (The end of updating:March.2012)
(f) Social Indicators by Prefecture(print and website; in Japanese and English)
The "Social Indicators by Prefecture" is a report based on prefecture-specific primary data on statistical indicators which are set using basic data developed for the System of Social and Demographic Statistics of Japan. It includes around 590 social indicators and around 550 items of basic data.
(g) Statistical Observations of Prefectures(print and website; in Japanese and English)
The "Statistical Observations of Prefectures" is a report compiled based on major indicators selected from the Social Indicators by Prefecture and reorganized as a list of indicators for each prefecture. It includes around 440 social indicators.
(h) Statistical Observations of Municipalities(print and website; in Japanese only)
The "Statistical Observations of Municipalities" is a report compiled based on major basic data selected from municipality data in the System of Social and Demographic Statistics of Japan. It includes around 100 items of basic data.