Statistical Compendia for Learning about Japan
A material which compiles various primary statistics is called a Statistical Compendium. Using the index of a Statistical Compendium, you can find statistics which meet your needs. It is recommended to search a Statistical Compendium first when you do not know where to find the statistics you need. Sources are indicated for each statistic in the Statistical Compendium and sometimes the source has more detailed data.
One of the most comprehensive Japanese Statistical Compendia is the Japan Statistical Yearbook published by the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The Yearbook covers many statistical fields, including land, population, economy, society, culture, and finance and by searching its index with keywords, you can find the statistics you need.
There are other examples such as the Statistical Yearbook of Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, which cover certain statistical fields, and Tokyo Statistical Yearbook which covers statistics of a certain geographical area.
This search guide introduces some of the most comprehensive Japanese Statistical Compendia.
When a different version has a different call number, the number is not indicated. Please search NDL Online with the title. If table of contents is listed at the end of the introductory sentence of the materials, it is linked to Table of Contents Database. Users can check the table of contents via the link. The database is Japanese only.
- Statistics Bureau of Japan (Japanese, English)
This is the site of the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. This site has links to the Portal Site of the Official Statistics of Japan (e-Stat) and Statistical Compendia such as the Japan Statistical Yearbook .
- Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan (e-Stat)
e-Stat is a portal site of public statistics run by the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. In this site you can search governmental statistics by keywords or by name of the institution.
- Nihon Tokei Nenkan (Japan Statistical Yearbook) (Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications / annual)
This is a statistical book which covers public and private statistics for various field in Japan. This is written in both in Japanese and English and has an index in both Japanese and English. The latest issue and back numbers of the Japan Statistical Yearbook are on the website of the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
- "Statistical Handbook of Japan" (Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications / annual) (English)
Some important statistics are chosen from the Japan Statistical Yearbook and compiled in the Statistical Handbook of Japan. The latest issue and back numbers of the Statistical Handbook of Japan are on the website of the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
- Historical Statistics of Japan (Japanese, English)
This is a website of time-series data collected from statistics of Japanese land, population, economy, society, culture, and finance from Meiji to Showa era. The last update was March 2012. Now, it is available on WARP (Web Archiving Project).
- Nihon Kokusei Zue (Yano Tsuneta Kinenkai / annual / our call no.:Z41-107) (Japanese)
This is a databook which explains the Japanese social and financial situation with charts and graphs. It includes a wide range of public and private statistics and shows some current topics in each field. (Index)
- Tokei de miru nihon (Nihon Tokei Kyokai / annual / our call no.:Z3-B412) (Japanese)
This book explains the current situation of various fields in Japan with statistical data and charts. (Index)
With the following tools created by the National Diet Library, you can search statistics．
- Research Navi (Japanese)
It provides useful resources for searching. There are contents which introduce statistics such as "Tokei wo shiraberu (Searching statistics)" (Japanese), "Sangyo jyoho gaido (Information guides of about industries in Japan)" (Japanese) and contents with titles that include "tokei (statistics)" which introduce statistics of various fields such as Economy, Society, Education. These contents introduce Statistical Compendia, famous primary statistics, magazines, technical journals and internet resources. You can directly access statistics on the internet from this site.
- National Diet Library Digital Collection
You can search digital data of statistics of governmental institutions which are collected by the National Diet Library in this database.