University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0827
Survey Title Survey on State of New Business Start-ups (special surveys), 2011
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 The “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups” has been conducted continuously since 1969 for the purpose of apprehending the state of new business. Since 1991, it has been conducted annually, resulting in the accumulation of data such as age at the start of new business and start-up costs, which can be used for time series comparisons, as well as the carrying out of analyses from a variety of viewpoints.

As of 2000, the survey excluded the real estate investment industry. Furthermore, in conjunction with the launch of the Japan Finance Corporation in October 2008, the Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute has assumed the surveys from its predecessor, the National Life Finance Corporation Research Institute.

This is “a questionnaire survey on management at founding” that was conducted as a special survey for the “Survey on State of New Business Start-ups, 2011” (SSJDA survey number 0826). It includes survey items such as attributes and career of
manager, start-up funding, and procuring funding, targeting companies that had received financing from the Japan Finance Corporation Micro Business and Individual Unit between April and December 2010 and had been trading for more than two years but not more than three years at the point of funding. In addition, survey items about the effect of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 have also been included.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Companies that had been trading for more than two years but not more than three years at the time of financing
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size Sample size: 3,018, number of responses: 686, (response rate: 22.7%)
Date of Collection 2011-08-01 ~ 2011-08-01
Time Period 2011 ~ 2011
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Availability
3,018 companies that had been trading for more than two years but not more than three years at the time of financing were surveyed from among the companies financed by the Japan Finance Corporation Micro Business and Individual Unit between April and December 2010.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Mail survey (anonymous questionnaire)
Investigator Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0827
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
Month and year when business started, management type, number of employees, franchise/chain affiliation, population size of municipalities where main offices are located, ownership type of main offices

(2) Manager’s attributes and career
Age, gender, occupation immediately before starting business, occupation immediately before starting business/size by number of employees/how respondent left, experience of working in the related field/number of years, working experience, management experience, income from a source other than the business, number of family members

(3) History leading to start-up
Motivation/trigger for starting business, people that respondent received start-up plan advice from, desires concerning income

(4) Management after start-up
Monthly sales (forecast/actual), relocation of main offices/reasons, expansion of offices/branches, etc., changes to competitors/nature of competition, sales trends, changes to handled products/goods/services, changes to customer base/customer numbers, things respondent did to increase sales, what was effective in increasing sales, advertising/promotion (at start-up/now), monthly expenditure, changes in number of suppliers/subcontractors, changes to supply prices/outsourcing unit prices, profitability, business conditions compared to competitors, whether respondent can support household with business income, methods of supplementing household budget, sources for procuring start-up funding, evaluation of skills necessary as a company manager, level of satisfaction from starting business, people who respondent discusses management worries with

(5) Effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Whether business was affected, specific impact

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2012/12/26
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Version 1 : 2012-12-26
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