Japan

In-depth country-focused analysis on Japan's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Japan's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Japan, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Japan's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Japan before your competitors.

Japan Country Risk

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Core Views Japanese corporate continue to maintain a cautious stance, despite the improvement in current business conditions. Indeed, this reflects the lack of confidence the private sector has...

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Japan Industry Coverage (21)

Agribusiness

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BMI View: Since announcing the scrapping of the four-decade long ' gentan ' subsidy programme for rice farmers, we are increasingly optimistic that the shift from protecting the Japanese...

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Autos

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According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), auto production in Japan rose 10.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) in November 2013 (latest available), to 846,151 units, bringing output for...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Defence & Security

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BMI View: Japan's deteriorating relationship with China has underpinned security and defence developments over the last quarter and more. At the Munich Security Conference in Q114, Chinese Vice-...

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Food & Drink

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BMI's outlook for Japan's food and drink industry remains subdued as the stagnant economy continues to limit the industry's growth potential. Consumption tax hikes, planned for April 2014, will...

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Freight Transport

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Growth Still Expected To Slow In 2014 Despite some positive signs, BMI remains rather downbeat about Japan's economic prospects. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's three policy 'arrows' raised...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View: We expect a bright start for Japan's construction and infrastructure activity in 2014 due to several factors - namely aggressive fiscal and monetary measures, a large construction...

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Insurance

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BMI View: As of early 2014, it is not yet clear what will be the impact on Japan's massive life and non-life insurance segments from the aggressive easing of fiscal and monetary policy by the...

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Medical Devices

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Espicom Industry View: The Japanese medical device market remains the second largest in the world, behind only the USA. The medical device market has continued to exhibit a slow but positive...

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Metals

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BMI View : Japan's metal industry is set for slight growth over the coming years, driven by continued reconstruction efforts from the earthquake over three years ago. In addition, the...

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Mining

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BMI View : We expect the Japanese mining industry to reach US$ 3.59 bn in value by 201 7 , an annual average decline of 1. 7% a year from 2012 levels . We expect the Japanese mining sector to...

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View: Japan's consumption of imported oil and natural gas has increased as a result of nuclear power generation losses in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. However, liquefied...

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Petrochemicals

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Japan's petrochemicals industry will slowly turn the corner in 2014, following a period of volatility and decline. However, BMI's Japan Petrochemicals Report warns that the industry cannot count on...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: Japan's pharmaceutical expenditure forecast has been upgraded marginally on the back of an increase in medical fees. We highlight that its ageing population remains a key driver of...

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Power

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BMI View: The second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 found Japan power sector still reeling and redefining its future. The landslide election victory by the...

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Real Estate

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BMI View: Japan's commercial real estate sector remains a regional outperformer, bolstered by substantial foreign capital inflows and ultra-loose monetary policy. However, with consumer spending...

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Renewables

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BMI View : We are maintaining our forecasts for non-hydropower renewable energy generation and capacity in Japan this quarter. This is because our assumptions remain relevant and recent data...

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Shipping

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Growth Still Expected To Slow In 2014 Despite some positive signs, BMI remains rather downbeat about Japan's economic prospects. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's three policy 'arrows' raised...

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Telecoms

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BMI View : Japan's telecommunications industry is one of the most advanced in the world, with demand for new technology and services. This is evident in the rapid uptake in 4G services reported...

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Tourism

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BMI's report on Japan's tourism market looks at a range of key growth indicators, including inbound travel, the hotel sector, receipts from travel-related expenditure and overall industry value. The...

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Water

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BMI View: Japan has a highly developed water market, with very low water losses owing to its earthquake-resistant pipelines and emphasis on infrastructure efficiency. The country frequently...

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