Published on February 17th, 2016 | by Joshua New0
Visualizing the Performance of Japan’s Municipal Economies
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.