Japanese National Innovation Survey


The Japanese National Innovation Survey (J-NIS) investigates the state and trend of innovation activities in Japanese private enterprises. The survey results can be used as basic data for analysis, planning, execution, and monitoring of science, technology, and innovation policies.

Legal Basis

The J-NIS is one of the General Statistical Surveys pursuant to the Statistical Act (Act No.53 of 2007).

Sectoral Coverage, Frame Population, and Statistical Unit

The J-NIS surveys enterprises with 10 or more regular persons employed in almost all economic activities. Its statistical unit is the legal entity in which an enterprise has no other companies in the enterprise’s group, such as subsidiaries and affiliations. The enterprise’s form is any one of the following: stock company, general partnership company, limited partnership company, limited liability company, or mutual company.

  • Frame population: 380,224
  • Sample size: 24,825
  • Response rate: 51%

[Survey Items]

  1. Enterprise group
  2. Turnover
  3. Countries or regions in which the enterprise sold products or delivered services
  4. Number of and qualifications of regular persons employed
  5. Introduction of a new or significantly improved good or service
  6. Implementation of a new or significantly improved production process, delivery method, or supporting activity
  7. Activities abandoned or suspended before completion and those still ongoing
  8. In-house and external R&D expenditures
  9. Activities for the introduction of a new or significantly improved good or service, and for the implementation of a new or significantly improved production process and delivery method etc
  10. Sources for acquiring of knowledge and technology
  11. Sources for obtaining public financial support
  12. Co-operation partners for realising innovations.
  13. New organisational and marketing methods
  14. Hampering factors for realising innovations and reasons of no innovation activities

Survey Date

NISTEP conducted the first round in fiscal year 2002 (Jan 2003), the second round in fiscal year 2009 (July 2009), the third round in fiscal year 2012 (Jan 2013), and the fourth round in fiscal year 2015 (Oct 2015).

Survey Instruments

Questionnaires are mailed to sample respondents. The filled-out questionnaires are returned by mail or internet.

Questionnaire and Other Materials

Reports (in Japanese)

Statistical Tables

List of statistical tables
(Link to the Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan [e-Stat])

Notes on Using the Tables

Please see the details in the reports.


Currently, there is no errata.


Please see the details in the questionnaires and other materials.


Planning Division, NISTEP
Tel: +81-(0)3-3581-2466