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February 20, 2001
Bank of Japan
Research and Statistics Department
From the March 2001 Tankan survey, 55 additional enterprises will be added to the All Enterprises Tankan (Short-term Economic Survey of Enterprises in Japan).
In order to prevent a decrease in the statistical accuracy from a decline in the number of sample enterprises due to bankruptcies, mergers, and so on, the following procedures are adopted for the All Enterprises Tankan. First, we regularly check (once a year) the statistical accuracy to see whether the error ratios of the population estimates of sales are within the target range (3 percent for the manufacturing industry and 5 percent for the nonmanufacturing industry) and whether the distribution of the sample enterprises has diverged from that of the population enterprises. Second, when the statistical accuracy has decreased, we add new enterprises sampled at random. (Refer to "The Methodology of the Sampling and Aggregation of the All Enterprises Tankan" <Bank of Japan website> for details.)
This time, we have checked the statistical accuracy of the last Tankan survey (December 2000), and decided to add another 55 sample enterprises. As a result, the total number of sample enterprises for the March 2001 Tankan will be 8,992 enterprises. The details are as follows:
The error ratios (of sales1) of the population estimates all remained within the target range for each of the six divisions by industry and scale.
In the All Enterprises Tankan, there are 118 divisions by industry and scale (divided by the number of regular employees). Each division is checked regularly to see whether the distribution of the sample enterprises (distributed according to the number of regular employees) appropriately reflects the distribution of the population enterprises.
In 6 divisions, the distribution of the sample enterprises diverged from that of the population enterprises.2 Moreover, there were some divisions whose distribution of sample enterprises indicated a high likelihood of diverging from the real conditions of the enterprises in line with the future decline in sample enterprises. To maintain the statistical accuracy, we decided to add additional sample enterprises to these divisions (55 enterprises; refer to the appendix).
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