Kashiwa City Community Newspaper 2015.09.01
A national census will take place
The national census will be done across the country simultaneously, with a base record date of October 1st. This census is done once every 5 years, and is the most important statistical survey applying to all individuals and households in the country. This time, an online survey is being introduced nationwide for the first time, so submitting responses has become more convenient.
Contact: Information Policy Section - Phone: 7167-1099
What is an online census?
An online census is a way to submit your response to the census survey using your computer or smartphone. Since responses can be submitted at any time during the survey reception period, the many households whose family members come home late from work, or are away from home during the day can make use of this service. ※This service can be used starting from Thursday, September 10.
◎ Depending on the environment where the computer or smartphone is being used, the online census may not be displayed correctly. For more information, please see the operating guide which will be distributed by the census workers.
・The online census can be done at any time during the survey reception period, 24 hours a day! For a single individual, it will take about 10 minutes, and about 20 minutes for a family of 4.
The benefits of an online census
● After you submit your census survey response online, a census worker will not return to your home.
● There is an automatic check for entered information, so you do not need to worry about omissions.
● Unauthorized access is prevented with a strong security system, so there is no need to worry about other people viewing the data you have submitted in your response.
First of all, a census worker will pay you a visit
Each household will receive a visit from the census worker. At this time, an ID for the internet census survey, and other items will be distributed, and the name of the representative of the household, as well as the number of people in the household will be confirmed. We would like to ask for your cooperation when the census worker visits your home.
If you do not submit your census survey response online
The census worker will pay another visit to distribute the census cards. Please submit the completed census card to the census worker, or send it by post using the postal submission envelope that will be distributed along with the census cards. If you choose to submit the census card to the census worker, he or she will return to collect the card during the census time period.
A smart strategy for the national census
There are 17 items to be answered in this year's census. If you answer the survey questions online, you will be required to complete the questions within one hour of logging in. Instead of answering the questions in a rush, take time to prepare accurate responses before you begin the online survey. Care should also be taken if you are completing the census card. Please pay attention to the steps of the census survey, and be sure your answers to the items are correct.
【Who to contact in case you have difficulty】
▶National Census Call Center (Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
Hours of operation: August 24 to Saturday, October 31, 8:00am to 9:00pm
▶Kashiwa City National Census Call Center
Hours of operation: Tuesday, September 8 to Monday, October 26, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Order of events for the census
We'll show you some smart ways to respond
Point 1: When you receive your internet census survey ID, read the operating guide that is included in the envelope.
▶These will be distributed between Thursday, September 10, and Saturday, September 12
Point 2: Decide on a new password (from 8 to 32 characters including a combination of half-width English letters and numbers)
▶This will be required when you confirm or correct the information in your responses to the census survey.
Point 3: Look up the information that you need to input ahead of time, and make notes
▶The content of your survey responses cannot be saved before you are ready to submit the form. Please make notes ahead of time to avoid errors when you enter the birthdates, the name of the place of employment, and other information for everyone in the household.
The results of the census survey are useful in the following areas
The results of the census survey are widely used and applied in a number of areas such as national and local public organizations, research institutions and business.
●Determination of the smaller electoral districts for the house of representatives
●Calculation of the amount of tax revenue to be allocated to local governments
●Creation of policy proposals based on socio-economic trend research done at research institutions
●Demand forecasting for commercial goods and services, and supporting data for marketing, etc.
【In our own neighborhoods】
・The information is useful for making changes to the school wards in areas where the number of children is increasing, and for planning construction of facilities that are necessary for child-raising
・The information is not only for the population living in the city, but also for determining the number of people who commute to work or school in Kashiwa City. The population flow is analyzed, and used for planning the construction of commercial spaces.
Census survey items
●Items regarding people in the household (13 items)
3.Year and month of birth (either Western or Japanese calendar years can be used)
4.Relationship to the head of the household
7.Duration of residence at the current address (verify the number of years you have lived at your current address)
8.The address of your residence 5 years ago (the place where you were living on October 1, 2010)
9.Employment status (your job from Thursday, September 24 to Wednesday, September 30)
10.The name and activities of the business enterprise to which you and your family members belong (do you know the official name of the company where your family members are employed?)
11.Type of work (include the details of the work done by the applicable family members)
12.Position/rank at the place of employment
13.The location of the place of employment or school you or your family members are attending (enter the name of the prefecture or administrative division, and the name of the city, ward, town or village)
●Items regarding the household (4 items)
1.Type of household
2.Number of people in the household
3.Type of residence (provide in your answer whether you live in a home (single-detached house, apartment, etc) or, a residence other than a home (dormitory, hospital, etc))
4.The way your residence is constructed (Provide in your answer whether you live in a single-detached house, apartment complex (number of floors in the building), row house, etc)
※Even if you are completing the census card, it will save time if you make notes before you start.
◎ The census survey card and the online survey have different item numbers.
Watch out for fraudulent census surveys!
Please be on the lookout for suspicious phone calls, emails and visitors who are posing as census takers, and requesting information such as your family structure, and the names of people in your family. The official census workers will have a census worker certificate ("kokusei chosa-in sho") with a photo ID. They will also be wearing an armband.
※Responding to the national census is the duty of everyone living in Japan, and is stipulated by law. In order for the most accurate data to be collected, please enter your information honestly, as it is.
※Those who are working for the national census are bound by a duty of confidentiality according to statistics regulations. There is no situation in which the information that you provide in your response to the census can be used for any purpose other than creation of statistical data.
September 1st is Disaster Prevention Day - Let's build a community that is strong in the face of disaster!
Contact: Disaster and Safety Division - Phone: 7167-1115
In order to protect yourself and save lives in the event of a disaster, it is important to keep at least a 3-day reserve of food and water, make sure that furniture is secured and will not fall over, and that you and your family are prepared to be self-reliant. In addition, let's make ourselves familiar with the proper reactions and steps to take in the event of a disaster, and participate to be cooperative both in our communities and at work. When we link our own preparation to steps taken by the government to provide assistance to the public, we can build "a community that is strong in the face of disaster".
In your community
●Let's join the neighbourhood or ward association.
In the neighbourhood and ward association, you can not only get to know the people in your community on a regular basis, but it is also a chance to increase your awareness of disaster prevention through community events such as disaster prevention drills and training courses. After the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, 80 percent of people rescued from collapsed houses were rescued by family or neighbours. Let's take an active part in our neighbourhood or ward association to protect our own safety, and to prepare for a disaster.
In your workplace
●Let's prepare in our workplace.
Assuming that a disaster were to occur while you were in your workplace, draw up a plan of action, carry out a safety inspection, and prepare an emergency contact system.
●In the event of a disaster, try to keep unnecessary movement to a minimum.
It is very important not to move about unnecessarily when you find yourself stuck at work, and have trouble getting home.
＜If a disaster strikes while you are at work＞
Go to a safe area in your workplace, and wait there.
＜If a disaster strikes while you are commuting to work, or on your way home＞
Head to the nearest evacuation area, or temporary shelter facility, and stay there. Be sure to check the location of the evacuation areas along your commuting route ahead of time. Also, be prepared for the situation where there is no choice but to walk home. It is important to check the route to walk home from your work place, as well as confirm the location of the stations that provide help in the event of a disaster and the type of support available along the way.
◎ The locations of the stations that provide help in the event of a disaster, and the type of support available can be found on the Chiba Prefecture homepage.
The "My Number" notice card
For victims of the East Japan Great Earthquake, victims of domestic violence, and people who are hospitalized or institutionalized on a long-term basis
From October, a notice card will be sent out with the address that is on your resident's card, and your personal identification number, called "My Number". If the address on your resident's card is different from your actual place of residence, you can change the addressee by registering the information for your place of residence.
Registration period: Registrations must be received by Friday, September 25
◎Please contact us for more information.
Contact: Citizens' Division - Phone: 7167-1128