message = FALSE,
  warning = FALSE,
  collapse = TRUE,
  fig.width = 6, 
  fig.height = 4

The BOJ package provides an R interface to Bank of Japan statistics, specifically the flat files available on the BOJ Time-Series Data portal.

Import data

To import data, first load the package:


Next, run the get_boj_datasets() function to obtain a list of available data sets:

datasets <- get_boj_datasets()

The function returns a tibble data frame listing the available data sets. The column url can be used as input for the function get_boj() which downloads, parses and imports the corresponding data.

To import monthly-frequency data on Japan's Services Producer Price Index, run:

sppi <- get_boj(datasets$url[(datasets$name == "sppi_m_en")])

To plot the data using ggplot2, run the following:


sppi_plot <- subset(sppi, code %in% c("PRCS15_5200000000", "PRCS15_5200010001",
                                      "PRCS15_5200010002", "PRCS15_5200010003",
                                      "PRCS15_5200010004", "PRCS15_5200010005",
                                      "PRCS15_5200010006", "PRCS15_5200010007"))
sppi_plot <- mutate(sppi_plot, date = as.Date(as.yearmon(date, format = "%Y%m")))
sppi_plot <- mutate(sppi_plot, struc = gsub("^Major group/ ", "", struc))
sppi_plot <- subset(sppi_plot, !

ggplot(sppi_plot, aes(x = date, y = obs_value)) +
  geom_line(aes(colour = struc)) +
  labs(x = "Date", y = "Services Producer Price Index (2015 base)") +
  theme(legend.title = element_blank())

Note that BOJ data sets come with a number of different time formats. The zoo package (e.g. as.yearmon()) should be able to parse most formats.


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BOJ documentation built on Feb. 23, 2021, 9:06 a.m.