The Japanese economy has been picking up steam through 2012, shrugging off the aftermath of the Japanese Earthquake that struck over a year ago. However, there are still problems that need to be addressed, especially political ones, that could hamper the growing recovery. Here are some signs that the Japanese economy is recovering, especially as you compare economic analysis from the UK and the US.
Recent Financial Results
So far this year, consumer spending in Japan is in a recovery phase. After the earthquake last March, consumer spending tanked, bringing down the economy with it. However, domestic spending is on the rise, and new car sales rose a whopping 31.9% last month, which is its sixth straight month of growth.
Department store sales have also been increasing, especially on the luxury end. And finally, passenger traffic on Japanese airlines rose over 17%, which is a huge increase in travel traffic. All of these signals point towards improving financial conditions.
Earthquake Recovery Bump
The recovery from the earthquake is also having positives effects on the economy. It was unknown how long the added construction and rebuilding jobs would last, but it appears that the growth in these jobs and markets should remain strong for the next several years, as the country recovers from the earthquake. So far, the government is estimated to spend a total of 18 trillion yen ($200 US Dollars), and that number is sure to rise as more areas are recovered.
The boost in earthquake recovery spending should have broad implications across various sectors, but especially industrial production and construction. Both rose over the past 6 months, which is a good sign.
Exports Will Rebound
Finally, as the economy improves in the United States, more Japanese exports will be sold, thus boosting the economy. Combined with the lowest yen levels in months, this is a welcome boost for the nation’s exporters, who should see a boost in overseas profits due to the exchange rate.
All of these signals bode well for a continued recovery in Japan.