University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0551
Survey Title Survey on State of New Business Start-ups, 2006
Depositor Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
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Summary The Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute has been conducting surveys in consideration of various viewpoints since 1969 in order to clarify the actual situation of new business start-ups, and since 1991, these survey results have been published annually as the "White Paper on New Business Start-ups." As of 2000, the survey excluded the real estate rental industry. All chronological data have been recounted to exclude real estate rental businesses.

This year, it is focusing on the starting of new businesses in its survey and analysis.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe New start-ups
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size Sample size: 7,850 companies, number of responses: 1,972 companies (response rate 25.1%)
Date of Collection
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure 7,850 companies within one year of startup (including companies yet to start trading) at the time of financing from among the companies financed by the National Life Finance Corporation between April and September 2005.
Mode of Data Collection Mail survey (anonymous responses)
Investigator Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Business overview
Industry, main customers, novelty of enterprise contents, whether it is a venture business or new business, operating location at start-up, management type (at start-up/now), use of the "minimum capital regulation special system," franchise chain affiliation

(2) Manager
Gender, highest level of educational attainment, experience working as a regular employee/number of workplaces/years of work, experience of working in the related field/number of years of experience, occupation immediately before starting business, size by number of employees at the workplace immediately before starting business, how respondent left the immediately preceding workplace

(3) History leading to start-up
Motivation to start business, start-up year/age, year/age when respondent began preparations for the start-up, difficulties when beginning preparations for the start-up, trigger for starting the business, whether or not respondent participated in business founding tutoring school or new business seminars/number of times/number of days, confidence as the manager at the start-up

(4) Usage of support services for founding businesses
Where respondent obtained information and knowledge necessary for starting business, contents of obtained information and knowledge, assessment of obtained information and knowledge, expectations of public organizations and private organizations/individuals that provide support services for founding businesses

(5) Start-up costs
Breakdown of start-up costs; breakdown of sources for procuring start-up costs; whether or not respondent used local government “scheme funding”/details (loan timing, loan term, interest when borrowing, guarantee conditions); if unable to borrow from the National Life Finance Corporation, whether respondent would have started the business/influence/increase or decrease in the number of employees

(6) Management conditions, etc.
Breakdown of number of employees at the beginning of the start-up and now, current business results (business conditions compared to competitors, sales trends, monthly sales, target monthly sales before start-up, monthly sales to break even, profitability, time when respondent began generally turning a profit), current areas of difficulty, level of satisfaction with business conditions since the start-up, intention for future business size
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