Seasonally adjusted. Units = 10,000 persons. The Statistics Bureau and the Director-General for Policy Planning (Statistical Standards) of Japan play the central role in the official statistical system in producing and disseminating basic official statistics, and coordinating statistical work under the Statistics Act and other legislation. We develop and disseminate relevant and reliable statistics, which systematically meet the needs arising from socio-economic changes, and provide them in a timely and proper manner. We strive to contribute to improvement in people's lives and the development of society and economy by providing support to the planning, formulation and evaluation of governmental policies, and assisting rational decision-making by individuals and businesses, and the pursuit of fundamental principles by academia.