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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)Not applicable
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?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.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.JSCC consists of 6-class grouping - sections(0-9), division(2-digits), 3-digits, 4-digits, 5-digits, 6-digits.
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?6-digits; 13,757 (Note: Some commodities are subdivided into more detail.)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Applicable. The code table of JSCC has HS number, but HS number is not the latest.
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.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 adoption is March 1950. June 1990: 5th revision
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.Now we have no specific plan. In the future, we will examine again which part of JSCC has to be revised, based on national needs.
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 by central government and so on
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.)JSCC is used Statistical Survey on Pharmaceutical Industry Production Trends (5-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?JSCC is used Statistical Survey on Pharmaceutical Industry Production Trends (5-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.)Japanese and English
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.JSCC by 3-digits is used in Japanese and English on Website.
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)Yes, we have.
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))We need to receive information on the revision of HS.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?We do not catch users especially.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The Basis Classification Index for the Summary Report Trade of Japan
The Export Statistical Schedule
The Import Statistical Schedule
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.No applicable
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?In Japan, JSCC was first available in 1950 and have been revised 5 times. We do not have former national "standard" classification before JSCC.
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)? 
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 Commodity Classification for Japan (JSCC)

Source: UN questionnaire, 6/4/2002