Japan Census Data

Census data provides unparalleled insight into the lives of individuals. Japan census offerings from East View address a wide range of topics at the highest level of detail possible and offer a premier source of demographic data for academic research.

When initially acquired, the census data is stored in a complex database structure, with attribute descriptions in Japanese, limiting access to those with significant database management and programming experience. East View simplifies access, formatting the collection into an easy-to-use geodatabase which can be visualized using any GIS software as well as providing a comprehensive guide. Additionally, East View provides the original census documentation, allowing researchers to see first-hand how the data was gathered.

East View offers the following census data for Japan (see below for details):

  • 1995 Census (GIS Edition)
  • 2015 Census (GIS Edition)

Japan 1995 Census

The Japan 1995 Census has 100% population coverage and over 72 million data points. The product consists of:

  • Geodatabase: Intuitive organization of census data; administrative boundary vector data at ADM 5 (Chome Level) for 203,303 census units; vector and aggregated tabular data at the Municipality and Prefecture levels
  • Shapefiles: All vector and census data in ESRI Shapefile format
  • Census Guide: Detailed descriptions for 357 census variables
  • Original Census Documentation and Database: Delivered in native format; census questionnaires
  • Metadata: Full attribute level metadata in FGDC ISO format

Japan 2015 Census

The Japan 2015 Census has 100% population coverage and over 111 million data points. The product consists of:

  • Geodatabase: Intuitive organization of census data; administrative boundary vector data at ADM 5 (Chome Level) for 219,111 census units; vector and aggregated tabular data at the Municipality and Prefecture levels
  • Shapefiles: All vector and census data in ESRI Shapefile format
  • Census Guide: Detailed descriptions for 507 census variables
  • Original Census Documentation and Database: Delivered in native format; census questionnaires
  • Metadata: Full attribute level metadata in FGDC ISO format

Census Questions

Below is a representative sample of census questions included in the Japan censuses.

Demographic: Relationship / Sex / Age / Marital status

Migration: Duration of residence / Place of previous residence

Social: School attendance / Location of educational institution

Economic: Activity status / Status in employment / Income / Institutional sector / Place of work / Occupation / Industry

Housing: Living quarters / Occupancy status / Occupancy by one or more households / Number of occupants / Building type / Dwellings in the building

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