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Implementation of Census

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The Economic Census for Business Activity is aimed at all establishments and enterprises and is conducted via two methods: surveys conducted by enumerators and surveys conducted by the national, prefectural or municipal governments. The census will be carried out as shown in the figures below.

Surveys by Enumerators (Primarily Single-unit Establishments and New Establishments)

Single-unit establishments (excluding pure holding companies, establishments with capital of JPY 100 million or more, etc.), new establishments, other

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*Supervisors and enumerators are public officials appointed by the prefectural governor.

Surveys by the national, prefectural or municipal governments (primarily enterprises with branch offices, etc.)

Enterprises with branch offices, single-unit establishments (pure holding companies, establishments with capital of JPY 100 million or more, etc.), other

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Census Schedule

Surveys by enumerators (primarily single-unit establishments and new establishments)

Census forms distributed

May 20 (Thu) - 31 (Mon), 2021
Enumerators will primarily visit single-unit establishments without branch offices, etc. and new establishments to directly distribute census forms.

Census completed online / Census forms collected

From June 1 (Tue), 2021
Enumerators will collect census forms directly from June 1.

*The collection period of census forms by enumerators will differ for each municipality.

Some municipalities are allowing census forms to be submitted by post (to the municipality) depending on local conditions resulting from the impacts of COVID-19.

Surveys by the national, prefectural or municipal governments (primarily enterprises with branch offices, etc.)

Census forms sent out

Mid- to late May, 2021
The national government mails out census forms to the head offices of enterprises with branch offices, etc., as well as to the head offices of some single-unit establishments, that include questionnaire content for the subsidiary establishments.

Census completed online / Census forms collected

From June 1 (Tue), 2021

Participation in the census is required under the Statistics Act (reporting requirement) in order to ensure the creation of accurate statistics.

Census forms checked and tabulated

Census forms are checked for errors, omissions, etc., and are then tabulated by computer.

Release of census results

Preliminary tabulation results (tabulation results for census items common to
all industries) shall be released by the end of May 2022.
Confirmed tabulation results (tabulation results for all census items)
shall be sequentially released starting in September 2022.

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