Freelance data journalist Yasufumi Saito has created a data visualization illustrating the economic performance of Japan’s 1,741 municipalities based on open data from Japan’s 2010 census. Saito assigned each municipality a score based on eight economic indicators measured by the census—agricultural output, manufactured goods shipments, wholesale sales, retail sales, number of businesses, number of employees, taxable income, and financial indicators—and color coded each municipality based on their deviation from the average score. Users can click on each municipality to examine the breakdown of its score and compare the relative strengths of different municipalities’ economies.
Visualizing the Performance of Japan’s Municipal Economies
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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