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Anthropometric research conducted by the Japanese Government

1. Statistical Report of the School health Survey

PopulationSubjectsNumber of measurementsYear of Examination
JapaneseMale & female pupils of kindergartens, preliminary schools, middle high schools, and high schools 5-17 yrs. Maximum body height, weight, sitting height, (chest circumference) 1948-
Reference
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology, Gakko Hoken Tokei Chosa Hokokusho (Statistical Report of the School Health Survey) ISBN4-17-153076-8
Comment
The report is published annually. Statistical results obtained since 2001 are also available from the webpage shown below. Measurement of chest circumference was discontinued since 1995.
Web address
http://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/toukei/chousa05/hoken/1268826.htm(Japanese)

2. Report of the National Nutritional Survey

PopulationSubjectsNumber of measurementsYear of Examination
JapaneseMales & females. About 15000 members belonging to randomly selected about 5000 family unitsMaximum body height, weight1945-
Reference
Kokumin Eiyo no Genjo (Report of the National Nutritional Survey), Daiichi shuppan. SBN4-8041-0961-7
Comment
The Nutritional Survey is conducted annually by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The report is published annually.
Web address
http://www.nih.go.jp/eiken/nns/kokumin/

3. Report of the Survey of Growth and Development of Infants

PopulationSubjectsNumber of measurementsYear of Examination
JapaneseMale & female babies and infants 14 days - 2 yrs. Preschool children 2-6 yrs. Recumbent length (babies and infants) or maximum body height (2-6 yrs.), weight, chest circumference, head circumference1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000
Reference
Boshi Eisei Kenkyukai ed., Nyuyoji Shintai Hatsuikuchi (Report of the Survey of Growth and Development of Infants) ISBN4-89430-050-8
Comment
The survey is conducted every 10 years. Boshi Eisei Kenkyukai is a foundation related to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Web address
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/houdou/0110/h1024-4.html#top

4. Report of the Motor Fitness Survey

PopulationSubjectsNumber of measurementsYear of Examination
JapaneseMale and female pupils and students (6-20 yrs.), working young adults (18-29 yrs.), and adults (30-79 yrs.)Maximum body height, weight, sitting height, (chest circumference)1964-
Reference
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology, Tairyoku Undo Nouryoku Chousa Houkokusho (Report of the Motor Fitness Survey)
Comment
The survey is conduced annually. The report is not published. Statistical data obtained since 2001 is available from the web page below. The age range of the subjects surveyed and the age stratification method vary among the years of examination. Measurement of chest circumference was discontinued since 1995.
Web address
http://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/toukei/001/index22.htm