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The DIR guide to Japanese economic statistics /
Mikihiro Matsuoka and Brian Rose.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
xi, 288 p. ; 24 cm.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-282) and index.
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This reference source is the first comprehensive guide to Japanese economic statistics in English, and it will be useful to anybody who wants to interpret such statistics properly. Its authors (Daiwa Institute of Research, Tokyo) have organized their material systematically into the household, private business, government, and international sectors, with a section on the financial economy. They provide numerous tables, most for 1991 or 1992, as well as historical figures, most for the period 1980 to 1993. Some excellent schematic figures are also included. The 54 short chapters provide the relevant source of statistics, their frequency, forms of release, and period covered. The text describes the methods of calculation or estimation, seasonal adjustment, selected features (such as the procedure for changes in the benchmark year for the weights used), and some problems (such as the possibility of double counting or other sources of bias). One statistical inconsistency is not explained, namely, the incompatible statistics on department stores sales, one calculated by MITI, the other by the Japan Department Stores Association. But other inconsistencies are admirably cleared up, such as the difference between Bank of Japan and customs clearance data on exports and imports. Chapters on foreign trade and on financial statistics are particularly illuminating. Five appendixes (three of them on sources of information) and a selected bibliography conclude this helpful and highly recommended volume. Graduate; faculty; professional. B. Mieczkowski; Ithaca College
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Table of Contents
National Income Statisticsp. 3
System of National Accounts (SNA)p. 7
Indexes of Business Conditionsp. 24
Family Income and Expenditure Surveyp. 30
Sales of Large-Scale Retail Storesp. 38
Department Store Salesp. 41
New Vehicle Registrationsp. 43
Consumer Behavioral Surveyp. 45
Introduction to the Corporate Business Sector: The Capital Investment Processp. 47
New Orders, Sales, and Unfilled Orders of Machinery Industriesp. 49
Industrial Production, Shipments, and Inventory Statisticsp. 52
Operating Rate and Production Capacityp. 56
Index of Tertiary Industries Activityp. 58
Gross Fixed Capital Stock of Private Enterprisesp. 62
Short-Term Economic Survey of Enterprises (TANKAN)p. 66
Quarterly Financial Report of Non-Financial Businessesp. 71
Establishment Census of Japanp. 74
Census of Manufacturesp. 77
Orders Received for Constructionp. 83
Public Construction Startsp. 86
New Housing Construction Startedp. 88
Wholesale Price Indexp. 91
Consumer Price Indexp. 96
Corporate Service Price Indexp. 100
Official Land Price Surveyp. 102
Monthly Report on the Labor Force Surveyp. 108
Monthly Labour Surveyp. 114
Job Offers and Applicantsp. 119
Population Censusp. 121
Monthly Report on Current Population Estimates (and Related Population Statistics)p. 124
Summary Report on Tradep. 130
Balance of Payments Statisticsp. 134
Foreign Direct Investmentp. 144
Survey on Foreign Business Activity of Japanese Firmsp. 150
Government Budgetp. 155
Major Financial Institutionsp. 163
Flow of Funds Accountsp. 167
Money Marketsp. 174
Money Stockp. 179
Monetary Basep. 183
Supply and Demand of Fundsp. 187
Reserve Requirementsp. 192
Official Discount Rate and Lending Policy of the BOJp. 195
Open Market Operationsp. 197
Accounts of the Bank of Japanp. 199
Statement of Receipts and Payments of Treasury Accountsp. 203
Assets and Liabilities of the Trust Fund Bureaup. 211
Postal Savingsp. 215
Interest Rate Structurep. 218
Average Contracted Interest Rates on Loans and Discountsp. 225
Balance Sheets of All Banksp. 228
Public and Private Bond Marketsp. 233
Stock Marketsp. 238
Personal Savingsp. 243
Family Savings Surveyp. 245
App. A1: Theory and Practice of Index Numbersp. 249
App. A2: Seasonal Adjustmentp. 252
App. A3: Source Statisticsp. 254
App. A4: List of Capital Investment Surveysp. 265
App. A5: Data Stream of Monthly and Quarterly Statisticsp. 267
Select Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 283
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