University of Tokyo

Abstract
Survey Number 0346
Survey Title Quarterly Survey on Small Enterprise Trends, 2003.10-12
Depositor Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
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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 number of samples was determined by the National Life Finance Corp. after taking into consideration the number of places of business in the "Statistics Survey of the Places of business and Enterprises ", etc.
The business performance of small companies is finely grasped by industrial classification, and referred not only to the business partners of the National Life Finance Corp but also widely to the external persons concerned. It was started in 1958, and the survey was revised several times and was changed into the present form in 1980. The data before change and the present data are not continuous.
The same survey sheet has been used since 1980, in order to chronologically compare and analyze the results. In addition, what is called a "special survey (debt and main bank for this survey)", which contains different questions, is also included every time the regular survey is conducted. The data set include those items in one file. On the other hand, reports are divided into two booklets.
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 10,617 sample enterprises, 6,264 effective response (59.0%) [Special survey part: 5,694 effective response (53.6%), which was counted except for the cases with no answer to question(11)(イ).].
Time Period 2003/12/10
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 The Research Institute of National Life Finance Corporation (NLFC)
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Zenkoku Shokigyo Doko Chosakekka (2003nen 10 - 12 gatuki jisseki, 2004 nen 1 -3 gatuki mitoshi) [Report of the Survey on the Performance of Small Enterprises (Actual achievements of Oct - Dec 2003, and prospects for Jan - Mar 2004)], Jan 21, 2004, NLFC Research Institute.
For the special survey part,
Shokgyo no Shakunyukin Jokyo Chosa [Report of the Survey on debt trend of small enterprises], Jan 29, 2004, NLFC Research Institute.
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).

Special Survey:
Debt situation (corresponding-period-of-last-year ratio of the debt balance from banks, recognition of the current level of debt balance; plan regarding debt balance for the next year), loan attitude of main bank (kind of current main bank, trend of loan attitude of main bank in the past one year, intention to change main bank, kind of main bank intended to change to), current number of employees, etc.
Date of Release 2004/03/17
Version Registered on March 18, 2003
Topics Economy/Industry/Management
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