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Implementation of Regular Surveys Taking into Consideration Countermeasures against the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
(Labour Force Survey, Family Income and Expenditure Survey, Retail Price Survey)
The Statistics Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications conducts the Labour Force Survey, Family Income and Expenditure Survey, and the Retail Price Survey every month.
The results of these surveys are essential for understanding the impact of COVID-19 on our society and economy and for the government to take measures adequately.
We will clarify the current socioeconomic circumstances by securely conducting the surveys while taking utmost care in preventing the infection.
We would also like to ask for people’s understanding on the importance of statistical surveys and for their continuous cooperation.
* Message to statistics enumerators, advisors, prefectural and municipal government staff who are in charge of statistics, and other relevant persons (Director-General of the Statistics Bureau, May 13, 2020)(PDF:97KB)
Measures to prevent infection
In order to securely conduct regular surveys while trying to prevent infection, we are introducing survey methods such as using online that reduce the face-to-face contact between the survey target and enumerator as much as possible. At the same time, we ensure thorough health monitoring of enumerators to prevent enumerators who are in poor health from visiting households and offices. We also implement measures to prevent droplet infection based on the governmental measures, including cough etiquette.
Please click the following for the details of each survey.
Labour Force Survey
This survey grasps the latest trend of employment, working hours of employed workers, situation of absence from work, etc. to be utilized as reference materials for improving the situation regarding employment and unemployment problems.
* For Those We Ask to Answer the Survey
Family Income and Expenditure Survey
This survey is not only utilized as a basic reference for understanding the economic trend, considering the criteria for public assistance, and for the selection and weight preparation of items for consumer price index, it is also utilized broadly in local governments, private companies, research institutes, and labor unions.
Retail Price Survey
The survey results are compiled as the consumer price index that shows price fluctuations, and the consumer price index is utilized as a basic reference for reviewing the payment of pensions, etc., and as a price index for the Bank of Japan to decide its monetary policies.