This database provides, for the period between December 1903 and March 1929, the total outstanding amounts of specie; the outstanding amount of specie by holder (the government or the Bank of Japan); and the outstanding amount of specie by location (domestic or overseas). Specie includes gold, silver, and bank deposits abroad (for example, in the United Kingdom or United States). Also included here are foreign treasury bills. Data up to 1917 are annual; data from 1918 is monthly. No figures are available for the period after April 1929.
The source of the data is the Reference Book of Financial Matters of the Financial Bureau of the Ministry of Finance.