December 10, 2018

Japan Economy Watchers Survey

Eco Watchers see the economy turning to expansion in Nov. 2018.

Published monthly by the Cabinet Office. Updated until December 2018 (published on January 15th, 2019)

Recent data trend

Economy Watchers indices for November 2018 raises a hope that the Japanese economy has returned to an expansionary path after a weak summer. The current diffusion index (DI) rose to 51.0 in November, rising above the 50 threshold line for the first time in nearly a year. A figure above 50 means that the economy is expanding. The future DI has also improved in November, rising to 52.2 in November. By type of economic activity, we are seeing a recovery in the household activity related areas. T...

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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: February 11th, 2019

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