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Abstract
Survey Number 0190
Survey Title Quarterly Survey on Small Enterprise Trends, 1996.10-12~2001.1-3
Depositor Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
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Educational Purpose Only available for research.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This survey is a nation-wide survey conducted every three months to look into the business conditions of the small enterprises with less than 30 employees, which have accounts with National Life Finance Corp. The same survey sheet has been used since the first survey, in order to chronologically compare and analyze the results. In addition, what is called a "special survey", which contains different questions, is also included every time the regular survey is conducted. The data provided here are those obtained in the Oct-Dec 1996 survey to Jan-Mar 2001 survey.
Universe Small enterprises with less than 30 employees, which have accounts with National Life Finance Corp.: [manufacturing (less than 30 employees), retailing (less than 10 employees), sales (less than 10 employees), restaurants (less than 10 employees), service industry (less than 30 employees), construction (less than 30 employees), transportation (less than 30 employees).
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size [Jan-Mar 2001 survey] 10,557 sample enterprises, 6,477 effective response (61.4%).
Time Period [Jan-Mar 2001 survey] March 10, 2001
Spatial Unit All over Japan except Okinawa
Sampling Procedure The NLFC Research Institute determines the number of samples after taking into consideration the number of places of business in the "Statistics Survey of the Places of business and Enterprises " by the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications and the annual loan number-of-cases actual result of NLFC, etc. The NLFC branches perform sample selection.
Mode of Data Collection - NLFC branches distribute questionnaires by mail. Each branch collected them separately and they were sent to the NLFC Research Institute.
- The NLFC Research Institute analysis after totaling (subcontracted).
Investigator NLFC Research Institute
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator)
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographics:
Type of business; items dealt; number of employees

Questions:
Sales (compared with the sales of the same term of the previous year, compared with the prospective sales of the same term of next year); amount of order (compared with the amount of order of the same term of the previous year, compared with the prospective amount of order of the same time period of next year); level of profit (profit made this term; prospective profit of the next term); fund-raising (compared with the fund raised in the previous term, compared with the fund to be raised in the next term); loans (compared with the loans taken out in the previous term); over/under-supply of the inventories (products); plant investment (amount invested this term, amount to be invested next term); managerial problems; evaluation of the business conditions (this term; prospect of the next term).

Survey items of the Special Survey are different each time. The content of the items are as follows:
[Oct-Dec 1996 survey] the influence of the rise of the consumption tax; [Jan-Mar 1997 survey] plans for plant investment; [Apr-Jun 1997 survey] reduction of work hours; [Jul-Sep 1997 survey] recovery of the economy; [Oct-Dec 1997 survey] revised consumption tax rate; [Jan-Mar 1998 survey] plans for plant investment; [Apr-Jun 1998 survey] main bank; [Jul-Sep 1998 survey] employment in general and employment of the senior citizens; [Oct-Dec 1998 survey] strong and weak points in the management; [Jan-Mar 1999 survey] plans of plant investment; [Apr-Jun 1999 survey] the prospect of the business conditions, the balance of loans; [Jul-Sep 1999 survey] employment; [Oct-Dec 1999 survey] managerial effort, increase of inventories; [Jan-Mar 2000 survey] plans for plant investment and actual investment; [Apr-Jun 2000 survey] informatization; [Jul-Sep 2000 survey] employment; [Oct-Dec 2000 survey] relationship with the main bank; [Jan-Mar 2001 survey] plans for plant investment and actual investment.
Date of Release 2001/06/19
Version NLFC Research Institute
Registered on June 19, 2001
Topics Economy/Industry/Management
Notes for Users Data Sets are written in Japanese.