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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外部サイトへのリンク 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外部サイトへのリンク, which cover certain statistical fields, and Tokyo Statistical Yearbook外部サイトへのリンク which covers statistics of a certain geographical area.

This search guide introduces some of the most comprehensive Japanese Statistical Compendia.

Numbers shown in brackets 【 】 indicate the NDL call number for an item. When a different version has a different call number, the number is not indicated. Please search NDL Online with the title.

  • 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外部サイトへのリンク 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外部サイトへのリンク are on the website of the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
  • Historical Statistics of Japan外部サイトへのリンク(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.
  • Nihon kokusei zue国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク(Yano Tsuneta Kinenkai, annual【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国立国会図書館の所蔵情報へのリンク(Nihon Tokei Kyokai, annual【Z3-B412】)(Japanese)
    This book explains the current situation of various fields in Japan with statistical data and charts.(Index

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