Introduction to Data Resources for Japan

3. Politics and Law

The following section provides links to selected websites and databases (online, CD-ROM, floppy disc) which provide data or information about elections, voting records, political parties, surveys, legislation, and legal issues. The Public Opinion Polls section also includes information about surveys on politics.

JES II codebook JES II コ-ドブック HOLLIS record (Japanese and English language)
The Japan Election Study Survey II, headed by Prof. Ikuo Kabashima 蒲島郁夫 of the University of Tokyo. This was a seven wave panel study covering elections in the early to mid-1990s. Includes exit polls and voting data. The JES II survey is also provided in English. Data is held on floppy disks as well as print. Please consult reference staff for use.

A User's Guide to Past Japanese Election Studies (English language)
Part of the Virtual Library on Democracy created by The Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine, this provides an annotated list of major election surveys and information on where data may be obtained.

The Association for Promoting Fair Elections 明るい選挙推進協会 (Japanese language)
Includes data on voter turnout rate changes on national and local levels from 1946 on and public opinion polls from all postwar elections. Data is typically summary level in html format. Links are provided to regional Election Administration Committees which contain information on voter registration.

Politician Database 政治家・政策データベース (Japanese language)
Maintained by the private think tank Japan Initiative 構想日本, the database provides copies of policy questionnaires sent to Diet members as well as individual responses. Questionnaires and summary results may be browsed from the Questionnaires List アンケート, or Diet members and their associated responses searched individually or by region via the 政治家検索 function.

Lex/DB image of a key
Database of legal cases from Japan including official and private court reports. Access available to Harvard Law School affiliates.

LexisNexis JP 日本法総合データベース image of a key
Database of legal cases from Japan. Includes Japanese statute and judgment data. Access available to Harvard Law School affiliates. Please see the HOLLIS record for more information.

Japanese Legal Research at the University of Washington ワシントン大学の法律学校アジア法学部門での 日本の法律研究 (English language)
Portal page for print and electronic resources, including statistics, on laws and legal issues in Japan.

CD-ROM resources

General election 2000 Asahi.comで見る2000総選挙のすべて HOLLIS record (Japanese language)
Election results broken down by city, town and village in Excel format via CD-ROM.

General election 1998 Asahi.comで見る1998総選挙のすべて HOLLIS record (Japanese language)
Election results for the 1996 Japanese Upper House election, broken down by city, town and village in Excel format via CD-ROM.

General election 1996 Asahi.comで見る1996総選挙のすべて HOLLIS record (Japanese language)
Election results for the 1996 Japanese Upper House election, broken down by city, town and village in Excel format via CD-ROM.

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