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Vol. 68, No. 1, pp. 46-63 (2017)

“The Trustworthiness of Governmental Statistics in the Interwar Period: Issues Relating to the Statistical Survey System and Its Accuracy'”
Masahiro Satow (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

The aim of this paper is to discuss what made governmental statistics in the interwar period ‘trustworthy’. By examining industrial and agricultural statistics issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce and statistics on maritime commerce issued by the Home Ministry, which were produced without field surveys, this paper concludes that the trustworthiness of these two types of governmental statistics was simply confirmed with the ‘belief’ that contemporaries who knew well the targeted areas might not doubt its accuracy.