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Country / Area: Japan

Classification category: Activity 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)Not applicable
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?JSIC is individually made to reflect the industrial structure in Japan. Therefore, some differences in the coverage of each division may be observed between ISIC and JSIC. Two examples are given. Take-out activities are included in "H Hotels and Restaurants" in ISIC. On the other hand, in JISC this category of establishment which produces goods and sells them to individuals or household consumers is classified in retail trade. Museums and art galleries, Zoological gardens and Botanical gardens are classified in "O Other Community, Social and Personal Services Activities" in ISIC. They are classified in "O Education and Learning Support" in JSIC.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.JSIC consists of 4-class groupings - divisions (Alphabet), major groups (2-digits), groups (3-digits) and industries (4-digits) - same as structure of ISIC.
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?Industries (4-digits); 1,269 items in JSIC
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Now we are preparing conversion tables between ISIC Rev.3.1 and JSIC2002. Conversion tables between ISIC Rev.3 and JSIC1993 are applicable.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistical Clearance Division, Statistical Standards Department, Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications
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)KOGA, Satoko (Ms)
telephone number : 81-3-5273-1148
e-mail : internat@stat.go.jp
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.address : 19-1, Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 162-8668

phone number : 81-3-5273-1148
e-mail : internat@stat.go.jp
website : http://www.stat.go.jp

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.)The date of the first official adoption is October 1949. (11th revision, March 2002). Major surveys are obligated to use JSIC by Cabinet Order.
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.In March 2002, we finished works on the 11th revision of JSIC and it will come into effect in October 2002.
The plan made to revise the classification is due to national needs to meet to changes of industrial structure in Japan.
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.JSIC is widely used by central government, local governments, and so on. It is also used outside of the Statistical Office.
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.)Classification levels used vary among surveys or indicators, such as Population Census (3-digits), Establishment and Enterprise Census (3-digits), Census of Manufactures (4-digits), Census of Commerce (4-digits).
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?Classification levels used vary among surveys or indicators, such as Population Census (3-digits), Establishment and Enterprise Census (3-digits), Census of Manufactures (4-digits), Census of Commerce (4-digits).
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.)JSIC is available in Japanese and English.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.JSIC 1993 and JSIC 2002 in Japanese are available in electronic form on Website. JSIC 1993 in English is also available on Website and JSIC 2002 in English is under preparation.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?We need more detailed explanation of "conversion keys in electronic form" for our to-the-point answer.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)They have been elaborated and scheduled on sale in June 2002.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNone, in particular.
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))On revision of JSIC, we need sufficiently detailed information concerning ISIC revision, in order to ensure the international comparability.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Tax offices, banks, enterprises use JSIC for administrative guidance. (e.g. subsidy, financing, tax).
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?In Japan there are no alternative classifications.
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?In Japan, JSIC was first available in 1949 and have been revised 11 times. We do not have former national "standard" classification before JSIC.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Not applicable.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Not applicable.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNot applicable.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryStandard Industrial Classification for Japan (JSIC)

Source: UN questionnaire, 6/4/2002