Business Conditions


The "Survey of SME Business Conditions" is conducted to assess the recent business conditions regarding small and medium-sized enterprises and to collect basic data for drafting of measures concerning small and medium-sized enterprises.


  • Survey of about 19,000 small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Conducted and released quarterly
  • Surveyed by survey personnel throughout the country who directly visit and interview the enterprises (over a 95 percent collection rate).
  • Set to survey small enterprises constituting about 80 percent of the total number of companies surveyed
  • Analysis by industry and by trade
  • Conduct of an overall assessment based on the business conditions DI

Schedule of the survey

Date of the survey Months surveyed
March 1st From January to March
June 1st From April to June
September 1st From July to September
December 1st From October to December


DI (diffusion index)
the value obtained by subtracting the response (proportion of companies responding) "decrease (falling, downwards)" from the "increase (rising, upwards)" on a current term standard basis, on a year-on-year basis and on a quarter-to-quarter basis