Census starting today “Answers on the Internet as much as possible”

Census starts today “Answers on the Internet as much as possible” September 14, 6:05 a.m.

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The census, which is held once every five years for all people living in Japan, begins on the 14th.
The census is conducted once every five years for all people living in Japan, including foreigners, in order to understand the actual situation of The Population and Households in Japan.

From the 14th, documents such as questionnaires will be distributed to households, and answers will be available on the Internet using computers and smartphones.

The survey is 16 questions, including family and employment status as of October 1.

After the 1st of next month, you can send a questionnaire by mail, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is calling for answers on the Internet as much as possible as a new type of corona antivirus.

Censuses are required to be answered by the Statistics Act, and responses are due on the Internet and by mail on the 7th of next month.

On the other hand, due to the increase in privacy awareness and the increase in the number of single households, the number of cases where investigators hear from neighboring residents is increasing, and in the previous survey five years ago, it was 13% of the total, which is a challenge in maintaining the accuracy of the survey.

Taijiro Amoto, director of the National Statistics Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, said, “As the times change, we need to review the methods of investigation. This time, due to the effects of the new coronavirus, we are asking for answers on the Internet as much as possible, but we want to make this a solid success and take the first step toward future improvement.”

What is the Census?

The census, which the government regards as the “most important statistical survey,” is the 100th year since the first survey in 1912.

The survey results are used as basic data for national and local government measures such as measures to address the declining birthrate and aging population and disaster prevention policies, as well as in various forms, such as reviewing the district allocation of small constituencies in the House of Representatives and analyzing the market of private companies.

In the survey, all people living in Japan, including foreigners,
The number and name of household employees,
The type of residence and the period of time you live,
Ask a total of 16 questions, including the status of your work.

In the question of educational background, based on the increasing number of foreign workers, “elementary school” and “junior high school” were one option from this time, so that it can be used to understand the needs of night junior high school students who can attend while working.

In addition, we are promoting multilingualization for foreigners in responses on the Internet, and in addition to English, we are able to support five new languages, such as Chinese and Vietnamese.

This time, due to the effects of the new coronavirus, the publication of the survey results will be delayed by several months compared to the previous one, and the population is expected to be published in June next year and the final figures in November next year.

Investigators: In principle, direct visits are also made over the intercom.

In principle, survey staff visiting each household are required to meet directly, request survey explanations and responses, and then hand over documents such as questionnaires.

The investigators were part-time government officials selected through public offering, and in the previous survey five years ago, approximately 700,000 investigators nationwide were responsible for approximately 50 to 100 households per person.

As for this time, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications aimed to secure 700,000 investigators, but as a result of a succession of people declining due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, approximately 600,000 investigators were secured.

In each municipality, the number of households in charge of each investigator was increased, and the distribution period of documents was extended.

In addition, as a measure to prevent infection, investigators do not visit directly in many municipalities, explain the investigation over the intercom, and distribute the documents in a mail register, etc.

Specific answers

Answers on the Internet will be available from the time the document is received.

First, open the “Census Online” website established by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Next, enter the 8-digit “Login ID” and the 4-digit “Access Key” listed in the document to proceed to the answer screen.

The answer is to enter the status as of next month and October 1 for everyone who consists of the household according to the guidance on the screen.

Once you have answered all of them, set a “password” to protect your data and press the “Send” button to end the process.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the time required is about 10 minutes.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is calling for answers on the Internet to prevent the infection of the new coronavirus, but there is also a way to respond by mail by filling out the questionnaire enclosed in the document.

However, you will be available to respond by mail on or after the 1st of next month. The questionnaire is a mark sheet system, and the column of the choice is filled with reference to the entry example.

It is also possible to pass the questionnaire to the investigators who come to collect it, not by mail.

Both the Internet and questionnaires are due on the 7th of next month.

If the household did not respond by the deadline, investigators will visit again to make a dunning.

If the response is still not available due to absence or other reasons, investigators are supposed to hear the names and genders of household members from nearby residents as an alternative.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications calls on investigators to pay attention to suspicious phone calls, e-mails, and visitors pretending to be censuses, as they do not request money or ask for bank account PINs.

Census Online URL
https://www.e-kokusei.go.jp/html/portal/ja/top.html