November 8, 2018

Japan Bank lending

Bank lending growth steady around 2.3%

Published monthly by Bank of Japan. Updated to the month of October 2018 (published on November 8th, 2018).

Recent data trend:

Japan's bank credit is showing a steady expansion at around 2.3% year on year. Regional banks are more active in their credit provision, growing their loan books at 3.4% year on year (YoY) in September. Credit provision by major banks are less robust, only growing at 1.1% year on year in September. On the surface, there were an acceleration and a deceleration in the bank lending growth between late 2016 and early 2018, but these movements were probably not a real change in demands for credi...

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Brief overview of "Bank Lending"

In Japan, bank loans are still the dominant form of credit provision. At the end of 2012, loans outstanding made by private financial institutions totalled 698.9 trillion yen while corporate bonds including CPs totalled mere 93.4 trillion yen. “Bank lending” statistics, released by the Bank of Japan, surveys major banks, regional banks and Shinkin banks and together covers about 2/3 of the total private loans made in Japan. Financial institutions not covered by this statistics include agricultural cooperatives, credit unions and foreign banks. Bank lending statistics also includes surveys of deposits. At the end of 2012, total deposits surpassed the total lending by 173 trillion yen and the financial market tends to view this gap as a measure for the demands for JGBs by banks.

Bank Lending by borrowers

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Source: BoJ, JMA

The Next Release Date: December 10th, 2018.

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