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① You can visually check representative statistics indicators (indicators) from the "Chart" menu!

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Since 1 indicator holds data for multiple time points and also regions,
Multiple time point chart for 1 region = Time series  
Multiple region chart for 1 time point = By region     
You can easily switch over with a simple operation!
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There are also functions available that switch the data cycle (month, quarter, calender year, fiscal year) and
regional rank (Each country, Japan, Prefecture, City),
an animation function, sorting function and a function that displays a color coded map!
→ Go to Explanation of screen functions for details

② You can also download statistics indicators (indicators) other than ① above from the “Data” menu!

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Not only do we have a download function, a WebAPI function is also available as a function to output machine readable data!
→ Go to API for details

Example of how to use this website (video Japanese available)

Explanation of screen functions

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① “Data Change”menu

Data Change menu
Open menu icon
Click to display the window shown on the left. (Click again to close the window.)
You can change the “Data cycle”, “Regional rank (Time series)”, “Regional rank (By region)” and “Original/Seasonally adjusted”.
Data cycle You can select “Month”, “Quarter”, “Calendar year” and “Fiscal year” for the data cycle.
The cycle studied will differ depending on the indicator. (Only cycles in which data exist can be selected.)
Regional rank Time series Transitions to the screen for a chart with multiple time points for the 1 specified region (time series chart).
For anything other than “Nationwide (Japan)”, a separate window will display to select the region.
The region studied will differ depending on the indicator. (Only regions in which data exist can be selected.)
By region Transitions to the screen for a chart with multiple regions for the 1 specified time point (by region chart).
A single time point can be selected by clicking on the bar chart in a time series chart. [④ Chart type switching buttons for details]
The region studied will differ depending on the indicator. (Only regions in which data exist can be selected.)
You can specify a region you want to display in the chart by country, prefecture and city by clicking the Select button.
Original/Seasonally adjusted You can change original/seasonally adjusted figures.
Original figures are the original numerical values that have not been adjusted for seasonal variation.
Seasonally adjusted figures are numerical values from which variation due to seasons
(things that have annually similar trends caused by the season) has been removed from the original figures.
Seasonally adjusted figures are not studied for some items depending on the indicator. (This can only be changed when data exist.)

You can select only 1 choice from 7 choices, not 1 selection from each, for regional rank (time series) and regional rank (by region).
Regional rank (time series) displays in the time series chart while regional rank (by region) displays in the by region chart.
The selection is linked to ③ Chart navigation.

Linking data change menu and graph navigation

② Chart title labels

Region name, data cycle and original/seasonally adjusted as selected in the chart title and also the ① ”Data Change” menu are displayed. Also, the chart time point is displayed for by region charts.


Graph Title Description

Data holding status for each indicator linked to the chart

Displays whether data is held for each indicator, data cycle and regional rank.
You can switch to each data holding status by clicking the “Original” and “Seasonally Adjusted” tabs.

Data holding status

③ Chart navigation

Regional rank for data held in each data cycle and each indicator is different as shown by “Data holding status for each indicator linked to the chart” in ② Chart title labels.
Chart navigation displays the regional rank and the chart type (time series or by region) on the screen currently displayed in an easy to see format.

Chart navigation

The background color of each cell can be blue, representing the current region, white, showing it can be switched, and gray, showing it cannot be switched. Whether it can be switched depends on the data cycle selected at the ① ”Data Change” menu and the indicator currently selected at the ⑦ Indicator selection menu. When selecting multiple indicators, if all the indicators do not have a “✔” in the “Data holding status for each indicator linked to the chart” table as shown in ② Chart title labels, switching will not be possible. When switching is not possible, review the indicator data holding status and data cycle. Chart navigation are not buttons and no changes (switching) will occur when clicking them. However, they are linked to the ① ”Data Change” menu, ④ Chart type switching buttons and the ⑤ Regional rank switching buttons. (Details of the links are explained at each item)

④ Chart type switching buttons

Allow you to switch between the time series chart and by region chart. “Time series” is selected by default.

Chart type switching

When transitioning to “By region”, you must select 1 time point.
A single time point can be selected by clicking an element on the bar chart or on a line chart in a time series chart.
※ If you do not select 1 time point, it will show that “latest” is selected (furthest time point on the right of the time series chart).

Time point selection of time series graph

When transitioning to “Time series”, you must select 1 region.
A single region can be selected by clicking on the bar chart element in a by region chart.
※ If you do not select 1 region, it will show “Nationwide” is selected for By Prefecture and the “region on the left side of the chart” is selected for By Country or By City.

Region selection of regional graph
The selection is linked to ③ Chart navigation.
Linking regional column graph switching and graph navigation

Switching from “Time series” → “By region” supports transitions to the right from the position currently displayed in the chart navigation
(“Each country” → “By country”, “Each prefecture” → “By prefecture”, “Each city” → “By city”).
However, there is no position to the right of “Nationwide” (JPN.) so it switches to “By prefecture”.

Linking time-series graph switching (region selection) and graph navigation

Switching from “By region” → “Time series” switches to the region displayed in the region field below the chart switching buttons.


If you click an element in the bar chart with 1 region selected,
the position switches to the left from the position currently displayed in the chart navigation
(“By country” → “Each country”, “By prefecture” → “Each prefecture”, “By city” → “Each city”).

Interlocking of time series graph switching (area not selected) and graph navigation


If you click an element in the bar chart with no region selected, switching will occur as below.
“By country” → “Country at left side of chart”
“By prefecture” → “Nationwide” (JPN.)
“By city” → “City at left side of chart”

⑤ Regional rank switching buttons

Allow you to switch the regional rank (Each country, Japan, Prefecture, City) in the chart displayed currently.
The buttons have the same function as the Regional rank (Time series) and Regional rank (By region) buttons in the ① “Data Change” menu, and are shortcut buttons for these functions.
The functions are also similarly linked to ③ Chart navigation.

Linking of upper regional class movement and graph navigation The button to raise regional rank switches the position currently displayed in chart navigation in the upwards direction.
If the current chart shows “Time series”, it switches to the one above. However, if it is “Nationwide” (JPN.), it switches to “By country”.
If the current chart is “By region”, it switches to the top rank “Time series” chart. (If it is “By city”, it switches to the top rank prefecture.)

Linking of lower regional class movement and graph navigation The button to lower regional rank switches the position currently displayed in chart navigation in the downwards direction.
If the current chart is “Time series”, it switches to the bottom rank “By region” chart.
However, if it is “Each country”, it switches to “Nationwide” (JPN.).
If the current chart shows “By region”, it switches to the one below.
However, if it is “By country”, it switches to “Nationwide” (JPN.).

⑥ Display area switching tabs

Switches the content displayed in the ⑧ Display area.
Display area switching tab
Switches to a screen with a color coded map by prefecture.
* Can only be switched when chart navigation is “By prefecture”.
Only 1 indicator can be displayed on the color coded map. The displayed indicator is the indicator selected at the
⑦ Indicator selection menu (has a green check mark).

What is displayed on the map
Switch to the chart screen.
(“Chart” is selected by default.)
Displays the background data in a table format.

⑦ Indicator selection menu

Displays the indicator name displayed in the chart. You can add or remove indicators.
※ Up to 4 indicators can be selected for each axis.
Display series list

Explanation of indicator labels

Series label description
① [Indicator name] Displays the name of the indicator.
 (An abbreviation of the name is displayed and not the official name due to space constraints.)
 Hover over it to display the official name in an info balloon.
② [Check icon] Displays indicators selected.
 (Refer to Selecting indicators for details)
③ [Chart element marker] Displays an icon and color of the chart marker in the chart display area.
 (The left side color corresponds to the chart color for bar charts. There is no icon.)
④ [Delete button] Deletes the indicator. (Refer to Deleting indicators for details)
⑤ [Info button] Displays detailed information for the indicator.
 (Refer to Detailed information on indicators for details)
Supplementary explanation of series labels

Selecting indicators

Sequence label selection
Clicking the indicator label will select the indicator.
(This will assign a green check icon).
Only 1 indicator can be selected per screen. The indicator on the far left will be selected by default for both the left and right axis.
* Selected indicators are used for color coded maps, the sort function and the automatic hide function for the axis.
  (Refer to ⑥ Display area switching tabs, ⑨ Range adjuster slider and Automatic hide function for the axis for details)

Adding indicators

Add display series When you want to add an indicator, click inside the “+” dotted area. This is the same when clicking any of the areas at both the left and right axis.
(If there is no “+” dotted area, a total of 8 indicators can be selected for the left and right axis and any more than this cannot be added. Therefore, please delete any of the indicators.)
Click to display a list of indicators that can be selected for each axis.

List of indicators that can be selected for each axis

List of display series

A. Click the chart icon or indicator name at the left side of each line in the list to change the icon color and select the indicator in that line.
(Click again to clear the icon color and remove the selection for the indicator in the line. Refer to Deleting indicators for details.)
Then click the “OK” button to confirm the indicator selection. The selected indicator bar chart and line chart will be added to the screen.

After selection of display sequence

B. Click on the info button on the right side of each line in the list to display detailed information for the indicator in that line. (Refer to Detailed information on indicators for details)

Detailed information on indicators

Sequence detailed information display screen

① [Indicator name] Displays the name of the indicator.
② [Source] Displays the statistical survey from which the indicator data was acquired.
 Click the hyperlink to move to a website showing the statistical survey.
 Hover over the info icon to display an overview of the survey.
③ [Term Information] Displays an explanation of technical terms included in the indicator name.
④ [Annotation Information] Displays annotation concerning the entire indicator.
(Annotation information for single data is displayed by hovering over an element of a bar chart for the data.)

Information unit of data unit

Deleting indicators

Delete display series
When you want to delete indicators, click the “x” on the top right inside the indicator label.
You can also use the list of indicators that can be selected for each axis which was explained when Adding indicators.
Click the colored icon or indicator name of the indicator you want to delete and then click the “OK” button.
Deselect display sequence

Switching button to instantly display/hide the entire axis

Switch display/non-display of display axis
When you want to instantly hide the entire left or right axis (for example, when wanting to concentrate only on a single axis), click this button.
Each click will switch between display ⇔ hide.
Hide display axis
Automatic hide function for the axis
Indicators on the “right axis” are basically related to percentages and rate of change and are represented by a line on time series charts.
However, with by region charts, since a region axis sorting function is available, and it is not suitable to represent the points of a horizontal axis as a line because it is not constant,
the “right axis” is also represented using a bar chart.
Therefore, on a by region chart screen, up to a total of 8 indicators are represented entirely on a bar chart but when considering the screen width, the bar chart will be too detailed and difficult to see.
When switching to a by region chart, axis without a green check icon are automatically hidden. (If you want to display the hidden axis, click the “L axis” or “R axis” button for the axis that was hidden.)

⑧ Display area

The area that displays the chart and table. Selecting the ⑥ Display area switching tabs will change the displayed content.

Chart

Displays when the [Chart] tab is selected.
Hover over a chart element to display the element value and annotation (if it exists) and also the time point (region name for by region charts).

graph display

Click a chart element to select the time point (region for by region charts) for the element.
The selected time point (or region) will display at the bottom of the ④ Chart type switching buttons. (Refer to ④ Chart type switching buttons for details on using selections)

Choice element selection

Table

Displays when the [Table] tab is selected. Displays the background data in a table format used to display the chart.

Numeric display For time series charts, “Time” display in the leftmost column.
For by region charts, “Region name” display in the leftmost column.
Also, clicking on the column header will sort the ascending/descending order.
(Each click will switch the order between ascending ⇔ descending.)
If there is annotation for single data, hover the cursor over the data to
display the annotation.
Changing the order of data

Map

Displays when the [Map] tab is selected. Displays a color coded map by prefecture.
※ Can only be switched when chart navigation is “By prefecture”.

マップ切替条件

Only 1 indicator can be displayed on the color coded map.
The displayed indicator is the indicator selected at the ⑦ Indicator selection menu (has a green check mark).

Map display target series

You can zoom into and out of the map using the mouse wheel.
You can also move the entire map by dragging on the display area.
Hover over any prefecture on the map to display the region name and its value.

Map operation explanation

⑨ Range adjuster slider, Time series seek bar

When the time series chart is displayed, the Range adjuster slider displays.
When the by region chart is displayed, the Time series seek bar displays.

Range adjuster slider

Chart range change slider selection status

You can change the time range for the chart displayed at the top of the screen.
The pink colored area is the currently displayed range and dragging the left and right bars allows you to change the time range.

Graph range change slider display range scaling

You can move the time point without changing the range by dragging inside the left and right bars.

Graph range change slider display range move

Time series seek bar

Time series seek bar function explanation

Press the play button to return the seek bar to the leftmost side and play an animation in which the by region chart time point in the ⑧ Display area switches automatically.

Time series animation playback

The animation can be played at 3 different speeds.
(Default setting is “normal”)
Switch animation speed

You can specify the time point that displays the by region chart.
Point-in-time list box

Value sort function

Clicking the value sort switch (OFF→ON) will sort the horizontal axis region in the order of the largest indicator value selected in the ⑦ Indicator selection menu (has a green check mark).
Clicking the value sort switch once again (ON→OFF) will sort in the order of the region.
(When the value sort switch is “OFF” by default, the horizontal axis is arranged in the order of the region code.)

Sort by value order

⑩ Search tag

Each chart screen has a related “tag” linked to it. Clicking on a tag will display a screen of charts that link to this same tag.
Please use the tags when you want to view similar or related charts.

Search tag

⑪ Recently viewed chart

Displays charts you recently viewed in a list of thumbnail charts. (The list is hidden by default).
Up to the most recent 10 charts are displayed. Clicking on a thumbnail chart will jump to a screen showing the chart. Please use this when you want to return to a previously viewed chart.
※ Settings performed for the chart are not saved (such as selected indicators and data cycle). If you want to save the settings, please use the ⑫ Favorite chart settings function.

Recent graph

⑫ Favorite chart settings

Add favorite graph Displays chart settings registered using the “Favorite“ button listed in ⑬ Other functions. (The list is hidden by default).
Up to 10 charts are displayed. Clicking on a thumbnail chart will jump to a screen showing the chart.
Indicator selection, chart type (time series or by region), region name (regional rank), time point (only for by region charts), and data cycle are saved and can be restored with a single click.
Favorite graph

⑬ Other functions

Other function menu

① [Full Screen] Displays the chart screen in full screen mode. Click “Esc” on your keyboard to leave full screen mode.
② [Initialize] Returns the chart screen to its default setting.
 The chart type returns to a time series chart and indicator selection, regional rank and data cycle are returned to the state they were when the screen was first opened.

③ [Share] Use when you want to embed the currently displayed chart on another website.
(This is an advanced function for developers.)
 Click the share button to display the dialog box shown on the right.
 HTML iframe information displays so please copy it.
 You can change settings for whether to acquire the chart width, height and latest values in the dialog box shown on the right. Graph sharing

④ [Favorite] Saves the indicator selection, chart type,
 region name (regional rank), time point (only for by region charts), and data cycle displayed in the current chart and registers them in the ⑫ Favorite chart settings.

⑤ [Show Value] Switches between displaying (ON) or hiding (OFF) values in the currently displayed chart.

Numerical graph display

⑥ [Show Event] Switches between displaying labels (ON) or hiding labels (OFF) for social events in the currently displayed chart.

Graph Social Event Display

⑦ [Download] Download data.

Data download
[All Data] Download a csv format (UTF8) file containing data from the oldest year (month) to the latest year (month) for a selected indicator.
[Displaying Data] Download a csv format (UTF8) file containing data in the range of the chart displayed on screen.
Download range of data being displayed

Enabling and disabling “Other functions”

The various buttons in the “Other functions” area are enabled and disabled depending on whether [Time series] or [By region] is selected and which tab is selected from among [Chart], [Table] and [Map].

Other function menu (time series graph)

(All functions can be used)

Other function menu (regional graph)

• Download is fixed at [All Data] because there is no range specification
• The [Show Event] function cannot be used because it is a single time point


Other function menu (Numerical tab · Map tab)

• Cannot use the full screen, share, show value and show event functions at the table or map tab

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FAQ

Q1. Is there a list of the data provided for “Data” and the charts that can be viewed using “Chart” on this website?
Answer You can view a list here (Provided_data_list).
Q2. Why can’t I switch between time series and by region (the time series/by region button is grayed out and cannot be selected).
I can’t switch the regional rank (The ↑↓ arrow buttons are grayed out and cannot be selected. Country and city in the “Data Change” menu cannot be selected).
Answer
Whether it can be switched depends on the data cycle, original/seasonally adjusted selection selected at "Data Change" menu and the indicator currently selected at the Indicator selection menu.
When selecting multiple indicators, if all the indicators do not have a “” in the “Data holding status for each indicator linked to the chart” table opened using the info button in the chart title label, switching will not be possible. When switching is not possible, review the indicator data holding status and data cycle.
※ The reason is also the same as above for “I can’t switch the data cycle.” “I can’t switch original/seasonally adjusted figures.”

[Ex.] When displaying a chart by city for “Construction starts of dwellings”
Data holding status and graph switching explanation
Q3. Can I print the chart screen?
Answer Unfortunately, a direct printing function is not supported. However, you can use the printing function in your browser to print the screen.
When doing so, you can zoom in and print using the “Full Screen” function. Graph printing
Q4. Why is the background color not output when printing?
Answer In the printer settings of your browser, select the “Print Background Colors and Images“ check box to have the background color appear in the printout.
Print configuration
Q5. When is the green check mark attached to indicator labels used?
Answer Selected indicators (those with a green check mark) are used for color coded maps, the sort function and the automatic hide function for the axis. (Nothing changes if they are just clicked and selected.)
Please refer to Display area switching tabs, Range adjuster slider, and Automatic hide function for the axis for details.
Sequence label check mark
Q6. How do I view only charts for a specific city? (Updated December 20, 2017)
Answer To search data for a specific city, you can search charts with existing data for the city by clicking on “Chart” → “City” at the top of the screen.
※ The process is the same as when also searching for a specific country or prefecture.
Graph search function in specific area
Q7. What is the difference with “Nationwide (Japan)” when “Japan” is shown in the choice for by country and each country?
Answer In principle, the figures will be the same as long as the indicator names are the same. However, each data source and publication time is different so they may not always match.
Furthermore, the figures will be different if the unit is different (such as JPY and USD).
Please use “Nationwide (Japan)” or "Japan" depending on your purpose for viewing the charts, such as if you are comparing in time series, use “Nationwide (Japan)”, and if you are comparing regions, use “Japan” in the choice for each country.
Q8. How do I display time series data for multiple regions (multiple time points) at the same time?
Answer You can display a chart with multiple time points for a single region and a chart with a single time point for multiple regions but unfortunately it is not possible to display a chart with multiple time points for multiple regions.
However, for data with multiple time points for multiple regions, you can use the data search function from the “Data” tab and then download it.
Q9. Why did a chart I previously registered in “Favorite” disappear?
Answer The “Favorite” charts are saved in a temporary area referred to as Web Storage by your web browser.
Therefore, if you have deleted your Web Storage information, the “Favorite” chart information will be deleted.
In such a case, you will need to register your favorite chart again.
Q10. Can I compare specific regions on the chart screen? (Added December 20, 2017)
Answer You can specify regions you want to display in the chart (by country, by prefecture, by city) and then compare them on the chart screen by using the "Select" function in a by region chart.
Comparison of specific areas