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Country / Area: Japan

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)日本標準商品分類
Standard Commodity Classification for Japan (JSCC)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?JSCC is available in Japanese and English.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes.
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?JSCC is composed of six levels, namely sections, divisions(2-digits, 3-digits, 4-digits, 5-digits, 6-digits). The compositions includes 10 sections, 97divisions(2-digits), 678divisions(3-diigits), 3643divisions(4-digits), 3643divisions(4-digits), 11400divisions(5-digits), 13757divisions(6-digits).
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Example:
01 Live animals
01 1 Cattle
01 12 Dairy cattle
01 121 Dairy cows (18 months old or more)
01 1211 Dairy cows,registered
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.HS (The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System)
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)JSCC corresponds to HS as far as possible, but in some case there is inclusive or partial correspondence because of difference of classification system, definition and coverage of items between JSCC and HS.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.JSCC corresponds to HS as far as possible, but not to CPC.
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)It is difficult to convert JSCC data to HS or CPC data due to difference of the structure.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.Not applicable.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.JSCC is used only in limited number of statistical surveys.
For example, Survey of Orders Received for Machinery, Survey of Pharmaceutical
Industry Productions etc.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Specifying target of regulation by law
e.g. Specifying “specified commodities” on Measurement Act
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?The Basis Classification Index for the Summary Report on Trade of Japan
The Export Statistical Schedule
The Import Statistical Schedule
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)The date of the first official adoption is March 1950. (5th revision, June 1990).
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Application date of JSCC (5th revision) is June 1990.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?We have a plan to revise JSCC in 2013.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)In Japan, JSCC was first available in 1950 and have been revised 5 times. We do not have former national "standard" classification before JSCC.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNot applicable.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Not applicable.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?No, underlying principles have been published but individual explanation or guideline have not been elaborated in Japanese.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Applicable. The code table of JSCC has HS number, but HS number is not the latest.(1988 version)
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes, following site applies to it.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)JSCC in Japanese is available in electronic form from on Website.(e.g. PDF)
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Now we are preparing conversion tables.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationDirector-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryaddress : 19-1, Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 162-8668
phone number : 81-3-5273-1148
e-mail : internat@soumu.go.jp
website : http://www.stat.go.jp
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone, in particular.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/12/2012