November 8, 2018

Japan Economy Watchers Survey

Summer heat has hurt the economy.

Published monthly by the Cabinet Office. Updated until October 2018 (published on November 8th, 2018)

Recent data trend

Judging by the result of Economy Watcher survey for September, the Japanese economy seems to be starting to enjoy a moderate recovery after a weak summer. The future outlook index stayed above 50 for two months in a row in August and in September. The current index still remains below 50, but it also seems to be on a recovery path. Since late 2017, the Economy Watcher survey index have been trending down for the past 12 months. The current index has remained below the threshold line of 50 bet...

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Brief Overview of "Economy Watchers Survey"

"Economy watchers survey" is a survey of people who are working in industries that are sensitive to economic trends, such as household activity, corporate activity, and employment. This index is a diffusion index (DI). The index over 50 indicates that the economy is expanding, while the index below 50 indicates that the economy is contracting. 

DI for current conditions indicate the direction of change compared to 3 months ago, and DI for future condition index indicates the expected direction of change within the next 2 or 3 months.

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Source: Cabinet Office, JMA

The Next Release Date: December 11th, 2018

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