Outline of the Web Site of the Statistics Bureau
The Statistics Bureau, Management and Coordination
Agency has been providing statistical information
through the Internet since April 1996, and
regarded as one of the most successful government
organizations which set up Internet home pages.
The Statistics Bureau has enlarged the range
of contents to cover links to national/international
statistical agencies and clearinghouse services
on statistical information. More than 550,000
accesses were counted as of March 1998. The
number of accesses to our web site has been
The home page has been
designed and maintained by our own staff
members. It is also provided in English
The information available on the web site
Introduction of our
of censuses and surveys conducted by the
Statistics Bureau (Population Census,
Family Income and Expenditure Survey,
PSI (Pocket Statistical
Information): Basic Statistical data including
economic and financial data
Activities of the Statistics
The statistical data on the web site are
updated at the same time as they are released
to the public.
of statistical reports published by government
About 100 links to
the web sites of national/international
statistical agencies have been set up
to make accesses to domestic/foreign statistical
data, which used to be difficult to obtain.
Form of statistical
Most of the statistical tables on the web
site are downloadable in Microsoft Excel format
onto floppy or hard disk at their PCs.
The web server is physically separate from
other computer systems in the Statistics Bureau,
to avoid potential troubles from intruders.
Sun microsystems S-4/20
model125 (CPU: HyperSPARC, Memory: 32MB,
Solaris 2.5, SPARCworks
Accesses to the Web Site of the Statistics Bureau
The number of accesses to the
web site has been analyzed as below:
Number of accesses by
The number of accesses has been increasing
rapidly. The number of accesses in February
1998 was about 40,000. It was four times the
number in April or May 1996.
Number of accesses by
hours (April 1996-April 1997)
The accesses from 9:00 to 19:00 are the most
frequent, followed by the number of accesses
from 19:00 to 24:00.
Number of accesses
by countries (April 1996-April 1997)
The percentage of accesses are; 75% from Japan,
7% from the United States, 0.5% from Canada.
Accesses by contents
The 1995 Population
Census data was most frequently accessed
from April to August 1996, for the preliminary
counts on the basis of summary sheets
had been released in December 1995, and
the results of the 1% sample tabulation
was completed in June 1996.
Links to other statistical
agencies were most frequently accessed
from September 1996 to December 1997.
The accesses to the
data of the monthly surveys such as Family
Income and Expenditure Survey, Consumer
Price Index and Labor Force Survey are
ranked in the top ten every month.
Dissemination of the Population Census Data
The results of the population
censuses were disseminated through printed reports
and magnetic tapes to the public in the past.
Since the printing and publishing processes
are costly and time-consuming, non-paper dissemination
channels such as Internet, fax-on-demand service
and CD-ROM have been introduced for the 1995
Population Census. Internet has been adopted
as one of the on-line dissemination methods.
Printed reports and
This is a traditional way to disseminate the
results of the Population Census. All the
statistical tables produced are kept on magnetic
tapes, and are printed on paper. Most of them
are available in publication. The rest is
available in printed forms or microfilms in
the Statistics Bureau and the prefectural
CD-ROM has a large capacity as a data carrier.
The results of the detailed 15% sample tabulation
that is now being processed will be published
by CD-ROMs. Also the results for small areas
will be recorded on CD-ROMs, for which a simple
software for data retrieval will be provided.
Essential results are disseminated to the
public through fax-on-demand service. Fax-on-demand
service is useful for users who require a
small amount of data at an instant response.
Summary results are disseminated to the public
through the Internet. Internet is an effective
tool to disseminate statistical information
for users who have computer equipment and
can make an access to the web site. However,
it may not be suitable for dissemination of
a huge amount of data because of limitations
in the capacity of telecommunication lines
The Statistics Bureau has been providing all
the population census data except small area
statistics to other government agencies through
the on-line statistical database system called
SISMAC developed by the Bureau.
The Statistics Bureau
has been studying on the improvement of electronic
data dissemination for the 2000 Population
Census. Though publications will have to remain,
they will be reduced to the minimum volume.
The dissemination media will be shifted from
paper to non-paper. The statistical tables
that are not printed in publications will
not be printed on paper, but be recorded on
CD-ROMs. Magnetic tapes will be used to store
and keep statistical data in the archive.
would be required to find out a way in which
printed reports, electronic data dissemination
media e.g. floppy, CD-ROM, and database on-line
dissemination are appropriately mixed according
to their particular situations.