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Changes regarding the Time-Series Data of the Tankan: Provision of Data on "BOJ Time-Series Data Search" and Discontinuation of Updating of Data in the Previous Format

* The following Tankan (Short-Term Economic Survey of Enterprises in Japan) data have been moved to the "Discontinued Releases" section of the Bank's web site: (1) the time-series data in the previous text format up through the March 2009 survey; and (2) the final updates of the discontinued data series, namely, the Tankan (Overseas Activities) and the Principal Enterprises' Tankan, both released on December 15, 2003. (June 1, 2009)

March 13, 2009
Research and Statistics Department
Bank of Japan

Today, the Bank of Japan began to provide all long-term time-series data, up through the December 2008 Survey, of the Tankan (Short-Term Economic Survey of Enterprises in Japan) on "BOJ Time-Series Data Search" (hereafter the search page), a search application on the Bank's web site.

Some of the time-series data, which had been available only in text file format, are now provided on the search page, which enables users to specify and view/download the data they need.

Time-series data of the March 2009 Tankan will be provided on the search page on April 2, 2009 at 8:50 a.m. JST.

Time-series data in the previous text file format and supplemental data on a pre-revision "number of employees" basis compiled since the March 2004 Tankan will no longer be updated from the June 2009 Tankan (time-series data up through the March 2009 Tankan will be updated).1,2

From the March 2009 Tankan to the June 2010 Tankan, "Fixed Investment including Land Purchasing Expenses," "Software Investment," and "Software and Fixed Investment excluding Land Purchasing Expenses" will be compiled under the previous accounting standard for lease transactions and released as official figures.  During the same period, figures compiled under the new accounting standard for lease transactions will also be released as reference data.3  Accordingly, the code numbers of such survey items for the search page will be changed or added as shown in the Appendix.

For further information, please contact the following address.

E-mail address: post.rsd1@boj.or.jp

  1. Time-series data in the previous text file format will be moved to the "Discontinued Releases" section of the Bank's web site in early June 2009.
  2. Time-series data on a pre-revision "number of employees" basis compiled up through the December 2003 Tankan and those on a post-revision "enterprises' capital" basis compiled since the March 2004 Tankan are provided on the search page.  In addition, for statistical continuity and user-friendliness, data on the above bases of the December 2003 Tankan are available in text file format at the Bank's web site to enable users to see the difference between the pre- and post-revision data in terms of aggregation results.
  3. For details, see "Treatment of Fixed Investment and Software Investment in the Tankan after the Application of the New Accounting Standard for Lease Transactions," released on February 12, 2009.

Appendix

New Code Numbers for Fixed Investment Items in the Tankan

1. From the March 2009 Tankan to the June 2010 Tankan

  • Official figures
  • Reference data

2. From the September 2010 Tankan

  • Official figures