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1. Calculation and Provision of Reference Loss Cost Rates and Standard Full Rates

The GIROJ produces accurate insurance statistics by compiling large volumes of data reported primarily by its members.

Based on these statistics, the GIROJ calculates Reference Loss Cost Rates and Standard Full Rates, using rational techniques, including a scientific and engineering approach and actuarial science, and provides the rates to its members.

Calculation of rates using large quantities of data

Rates are calculated based on reliable, high-quality insurance statistics that the GIROJ produces by processing large volumes of data reported primarily by its members, taking into consideration the differences among members’ products.

The Reference Loss Cost Rates and Standard Full Rates, which are calculated based on these insurance statistics, are beneficial for members as well as policyholders.

Development of risk models in cooperation with experts

The GIROJ has developed natural hazard risk models for typhoons, floods, and earthquakes, and calculates rates using an engineering approach.

The risk models are rational and backed by the outcomes of continuous joint academic research in a study group comprising experts in meteorology, seismology and architecture, as well as by historical insurance data.


* In light of the highly social and public nature of compulsory automobile liability insurance and earthquake insurance, the Automobile Liability Security Act and the Act on Earthquake Insurance stipulate the particular principles that shall be applied to the Standard Full Rate of each insurance. For these types of insurance, expense loading does not include insurance companies’ profits.

2. Types of the GIROJ’s Rates

(1) Reference Loss Cost Rates

A. Voluntary Automobile insurance
  • Bodily injury liability coverage
  • Self-incurred personal accident coverage
  • Protection against uninsured automobile
  • Property damage liability coverage
  • Passenger’s personal accident coverage
  • Damage to own vehicle coverage
C. Personal accident insurance
  • Ordinary personal accident insurance
  • Family type personal accident insurance
  • Traffic personal accident insurance
  • Family type traffic personal accident insurance
  • Domestic travelers’ personal accident insurance
  • Overseas travelers’ personal accident insurance
B. Fire insurance
  • Dwelling Risk (Fire insurance and comprehensive insurance for housing)
  • General Risk (Fire insurance and comprehensive insurance for office buildings, retail properties, etc.)
  • Factory Risk (Fire insurance for factories)
  • Warehouse Risk (Fire insurance for commercial warehouses)
  • Housing Loan Fire Insurance (Fire insurance for properties that have received public financing from the Japan Housing Finance Agency and other organizations)
D. Nursing-care payments insurance

(2) Standard Full Rates

A. Compulsory automobile liability insurance
B. Earthquake insurance

3. Workflow of Calculation and Provision of Rates

The GIROJ produces insurance statistics based on large quantities of data reported by its members.

The GIROJ calculates rates using the insurance statistics produced.
The GIROJ calculates rates using a statistical method based on historical data for types of insurance for which sufficient contract data and payment data can be obtained (voluntary automobile insurance, CALI, personal accident insurance).
In addition to the statistical method, the GIROJ uses an engineering approach based on natural hazard risk models* for fire insurance that covers natural disasters (windstorms, floods and earthquakes among others) for which the frequency of payments is low and sufficient data cannot be obtained.

The GIROJ files the calculated rates with the Commissioner of the FSA and provides them to members promptly.
The GIROJ makes a public announcement of Standard Full Rates and necessary matters.

When accepting the filing of Reference Loss Cost Rates or Standard Full Rates, the Commissioner of the FSA examines whether the rates comply with the three principles of premium rates under the Act on Non-Life Insurance Rating Organizations (in addition, the principle of no loss and no profit for Standard Full Rates for CALI)**.
After the FSA’s examination, the GIROJ informs members of the rates promptly so that they can calculate their own premium rates based on the Reference Loss Cost Rates or Standard Full Rates.

It may turn out that the Reference Loss Cost Rates and Standard Full Rates have deviated from the actual risks due to changes in social environment and other reasons.
In order to maintain the rates at an appropriate level, the GIROJ verifies the rates every year, reports the results of the verification to the Commissioner of the FSA, and also revises the rates when it is deemed necessary based on the results

* The GIROJ has created risk models backed by the latest research outcomes and historical insurance data, making full use of its resources. Based on the models, the GIROJ can accurately project claims to be paid.

** In the examination of the filed Standard Full Rates for CALI, the Commissioner of the FSA shall obtain the consent of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and receive a report from the CALI Council, an advisory body of the FSA.