Historical Statistics of Japan is a collection of overall and systematic long-term chronological data from the early Meiji period(the 1870s), gathering together and organizing the major items from a wide range of fields including Japan’s national territory, population, economics, society, and culture.

The statistical data contained in Historical Statistics of Japan have been selected and edited from basic statistics found in statistical surveys, official statistics and derived statistics implemented or prepared by Japan’s public and private survey organizations.

Historical Statistics of Japan encompasses data from the early Meiji period to around 1985, divided into the three categories of national territory and population, economics, and society and culture. Furthermore, the New Edition Historical Statistics of Japan is a thoroughly revised version of Historical Statistics of Japan, consisting of data from the early Meiji period to around 2003. Not only has the data been chronologically extended, every effort has been made to improve and refine the statistical data by, for example, compiling data into fields appropriate for the socioeconomic conditions of each period and the addition of statistics not previously included.

The JapanKnowledge edition enables full searches in the titles of each statistical table, the commentary at the beginning of each chapter, and letter strings (except numbers) in the statistical tables and footnotes. Moreover, as the whole volume is compiled in both English and Japanese, it is possible to perform searches for keywords in both languages. All statistical tables are also downloadable as Excel files. We certainly hope you will take advantage of these extensive statistical data, accumulated from the Meiji to Heisei periods, which, together with the companion volume "Japan Statistical Yearbook," will provide you with valuable material for your statistical analyses.

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Original books Historical Statistics of Japan
New Edition Historical Statistics of Japan
Publisher Japan Statistical Association
Publication date Historical Statistics of Japan: Volume 1 October 1987, Volume 2&3 January 1988, Volume 4&5 May 1988
New Edition Historical Statistics of Japan: Volume 1&2 March 2006, Volume 3 September 2006, Volume 4&5 December 2006
Number of volumes Five volumes + Five volumes
Book price Historical Statistics of Japan: Volume 1 ¥21,000, Volume 2 ¥23,000, Volume 3 ¥21,000, Volume 4&5 ¥22,000, + tax
New Edition Historical Statistics of Japan: Volume 1-4 ¥20,000, Volume 5 ¥21,000 + tax
Release date of JK January 10,2020
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