University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0391
Survey Title Quarterly Survey on Small Enterprise Trends, 2004.7-9
Depositor Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute
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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 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 (selling price trend of small enterprises 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.
Data Type quantatitive research
quantitative research: micro data
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), eating and drinking places, accommodations (less than 10 employees), service industry (less than 30 employees), information and communications (less than 30 employees), construction (less than 30 employees), transportation (less than 30 employees) ]

note) Since report of Apr - Jun, 2004, 8 divisions have been adopted based on the eleventh revision of the Japan Standard Industrial Classification (as revised in March 2002). The changed points: "restaurants" was changed to "eating and drinking places, accommodations" and "information and communications" has been established as a new division.
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size 10,617 sample enterprises, 6,979 effective response (65.7%) [Special survey part: 6,708 effective response (63.2%), which was counted except for the cases with no answer to question(10)(ロ).].
Date of Collection 2004-09-10 ~ 2004-09-10
Time Period 2004 ~ 2004
Spatial Unit Japan
All over Japan except Okinawa
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
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 Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
- 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)
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0391
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Zenkoku Shokigyo Doko Chosakekka (2004 nen 7 - 9 gatuki jisseki, 2004 nen 10 -12 gatuki mitoshi) [Report of the Survey on the Performance of Small Enterprises (Actual achievements of Jul - Sep 2004, and prospects for Oct - Dec 2004)], Oct 14, 2004, NLFC Research Institute.
For the special survey part, ShoKigyo no Koyodoko [Report of the Survey on employment trend of small enterprises], Oct 20, 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

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:
Employment (number of employees of the present; excess and deficiency of the present number of employees, change of the number of employees; number of hired employees classified by the employment form during the past year, number of unemployed employees classified by the employment form, issues related to employment, plan for employment, etc.
Date of Release 2005/02/03
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Business/industrial management and organisation
Topics in SSJDA Economy/Industry/Management
Version 1 : 2005-02-03
Notes for Users Data sets are written in Japanese.