Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

Education

Changes in the Vocational College Enrollment Rate in Japan, 1976-2016

The following data shows the changes in the vocational college enrollment rate in Japan between 1976 and 2016. Vocational colleges are such as schools for hairdressers, schools for chefs, schools for car technicians, and so on. Year Vocati…

Capacity of Kids Nurseries in Tokyo, 2005-2015

There are 2884 authorized nurseries in Tokyo as of 2015 April. Their capacity is 240,611 children. The capacity is not enough to take care of all children whose parents want to use nurseries. Approximately 8,000 children are on the waiting…

How Many Kindergartens in Japan, by Prefecture, 2015

There are 11,674 kindergartens in Japan, 2015. We have 92 kindergartens per million people. The following figure shows the number of kindergartens per million people by prefecture. I could not find any trend on the map. Table: Number of ki…

Calendar of Elementary School in Japan

In Japan, the school year starts in April. Here is an example calendar of an elementary school in Tokyo, 2016 version. Elementary school students go to school for six years. Day Event 6-Apr Opening ceremony, 1st semester begins 6-Apr Entra…

Calendar of Junior High School in Japan

In Japan, the school year starts in April. Here is an example calendar of a junior high school in Tokyo, 2016 version. Junior high school students go to school for three years. In November and December, students, parents and teachers discu…

Calendar of Senior High School in Japan

In Japan, school year starts in April. Here is an example calendar of a senior high school in Tokyo, 2016 version. Senior high school students go to school for three years. Day Event 6-Apr Opening ceremony, 1st semester begins 7-Apr Entran…

Students' English Abilities in Japan by Prefecture, 2015

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology researches students' English abilities every year. According to it, the academic achievement varies in the prefectures. For instance, 52.1% of junior high school students in Ch…

Kanji Character Frequency in Japan

Agency for Cultural Affairs conducted a research on Kanji character frequency. They counted the number of Kanji by character, which are used - in printed media (169,050,703 characters) - in web sites - in The Asahi Shimbun newspaper - in Y…

How Many Kanji (Chinese Characters) Do Japanese Students Have to Learn in School?

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology sets the standard of Kanji (Chinese character) learning. According to it, Japanese students have to learn 2,136 Kanji characters during the years of compulsory education. Here …

Calendar of School Breaks in Japan

From today, the new semester started at my kids' school. Common Japanese schools have three long term breaks; summer break, winter break and spring break. Each local city or each private school can determine the start date and the end date…

Result of Nationwide Physical Performance Test by Prefecture in Japan, 2014

Yesterday I posted the data of the nationwide physical performance test. But I realized it was the last year's data. Today I post this year's data. This year, Fukui prefecture has the highest performance scores in all four categories (5th …

Result of Nationwide Physical Performance Test by Prefecture in Japan, 2013

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology released the result of 2013 national physical performance test. Its target students are 5th grade of elementary school (10-11 years old), and 2nd grade (8th grade) of junior hi…

College-Going Rate by Prefecture in Japan, 2014

In 2014, the college-going rate is 53.8% in Japan, according to a survey by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. A breakdown by prefecture revealed that Tokyo has the highest rate 66.1%, followed by Kyoto 65.6% and Kanagawa 61%. Only th…

Number of Students Who Learn Foreign Languages (except English) in High School

In most of high schools, students learn English. Besides English, some high schools offer other language classes such as Chinese lesson or French lesson. According to a survey by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technolo…

Result of Nationwide Achievement Test by Prefecture in Japan

The government conducts the nationwide achievement test every year. The following shows the result of the test among the 5th grade students by prefecture in 2012. Each number means the percentage of correct answers. Students in Akita are t…

9,196 Long-term Absentees at Junior High Schools in Tokyo (2012)

Many junior high school students refuse to go to school, despite going to school is compulsory in Japan. Most of absentees want to go to school, but they simply cannot. Their bodies just refused to go to school. Reason is complicated and e…

4,428 Long-term Absentees at Elementary Schools in Tokyo (2012)

There are 4,428 elementary school students who are absent from school for a long time in Tokyo, in 2012. There are various reasons to keep kids away from school. Students who refuse to go to school have problems in the relationship between…

College-Going Rate 65.2% (2013) in Tokyo

Last March (2013), 101,970 students graduated from senior high schools in Tokyo. 65% of them entered into colleges/universities. 20,000 enrolled in other type of schools, such as a vocational school. 7,000 took a job. 8,000 had not determi…

Career Choice After Graduating Junior High School in Tokyo

Last year (2012) approximately 100,000 students graduated from junior high schools. In Japan kids have to take compulsory education until junior high school graduation. After that, most of the kids go to senior high school. Very few start …

Top 10 Countries by Number of Japanese Language Learners

Here is the list of countries/regions which have many learners of Japanese language. Rank Country Country/Region Number 1 中国 China 1,046,490 2 インドネシア Indonesia 872,406 3 大韓民国 South Korea 840,187 4 オーストラリア Australia 296,6…

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.