Outline Of Statistics, Research And Studies

In order to implement monetary policy and carry out business operations effectively, the Bank conducts research on economic and financial conditions as well as the financial system and financial markets.

In order to implement monetary policy and carry out business operations effectively, the Bank conducts research on economic and financial conditions as well as the financial system and financial markets.

The Bank compiles and publishes a variety of statistics, as well as reviews the compilation procedures for its statistics with the aim of accurately assessing developments in the economy and financial markets, and changes in the economic and financial structure. 

Research

 

In order to implement monetary policy and carry out business operations effectively, the Bank conducts research on economic and financial conditions as well as the financial system and financial markets.

The findings are published in the Bank’s various reports including the Monthly Report of Recent Economic and Financial Developments, the Financial Markets Report, the Financial System Report, the Bank of Japan Working Paper Series, and the Bank of Japan Review Series These publications are also available on the Bank’s web site. 

Studies

 

In addition, the Bank conducts theoretical and empirical studies of fundamental financial and economic issues. Studies conducted from medium-to long-term perspectives are used in establishing an appropriate background for the Bank’s policies and business operations. The fields covered by these studies range from economics, financial engineering, law, accounting, and advanced financial technology to the history of finance and currency.

Findings from these studies are published in the Bank’s various reports including Monetary and Economic Studies and the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies (IMES) Discussion Paper Series. They are also available on the web site of the IMES. 

Statistics

 

The Bank compiles various kinds of monetary and financial statistics. These include monetary statistics, such as money stock and flow of funds statistics; the Tankan (Short-Term Economic Survey of Enterprises in Japan), which indicates corporate sentiment; the corporate goods price index (CGPI), which is a key indicator for grasping overall price developments in Japan; and the BOP statistics, which illustrate the country’s cross-border economic transactions. Compilation of the BOP statistics is entrusted by the Minister of Finance.

The statistics the Bank compiles are used in formulating and executing its policies and business operations. Also, researchers and firms that analyze economic developments make wide use of these statistics, as many of them are made available to the public through the Bank’s web site and other means.

The Bank also continually reviews the compilation procedures for its statistics with the aim of accurately assessing developments in the economy and financial markets, and changes in the economic and financial structure. In addition, it has been reviewing and revising the compilation method of statistics from the viewpoint of responding to comments/requests from users, ensuring appropriate management of confidential information, and reducing the burden on reporting firms. 

Surveys

 

The Bank conducts an opinion poll, the Opinion Survey on the General Public’s Views and Behavior, to gain insight into the public’s perceptions and behavior, in particular, the impression of economic conditions, general mindset, and perception of the price level, as well as to grasp the degree to which the public is aware of the Bank’s policies and operations.

The survey is part of the Bank’s public relations activities. The Bank makes use of the public’s comments/opinions and requests obtained via its public relations activities at the Head Office and branches to improve its conduct of policies and business operations. 

 

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