Monday, 23 July, 2018

Japan's economy shrinks in January-March quarter

GDP marks first contraction in 9 quarters GDP marks first contraction in 9 quarters
Orlando Vargas | 16 May, 2018, 09:52

Given Japan's reliance on export-led growth, trade friction brought on by President Donald Trump's efforts to trim the perennial USA trade deficit has raised uncertainty over the outlook for the economy.

Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Wednesday there was no change to the government's view that the economy was recovering moderately.

"But we need to be mindful of the impact of overseas economic uncertainty and market volatility", he added. Antagonisms between Washington and Beijing over trade also threaten to hurt the economy indirectly given Japan's importance as a source of parts and technology for products made or assembled in China.

They say the preliminary real GDP fell 0.2 percent from the previous quarter.

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"Globally, IT-related items have been in an adjustment phase, which weighed down Japan's exports and factory output", said Yoshimasa Maruyama, chief market economist at SMBC Nikko Securities. "However, it is clear that in the long term the pace of growth is slowing".

The Japanese economic system has been comparatively wholesome in latest quarters, selecting up from the doldrums that spanned earlier a long time, on extraordinarily free lending and a authorities program created to combat deflation - the continuous spiraling down of costs.

Economists polled by Reuters suggest Japan's economic growth has decreased by an annualised rate of 0.1% in the first quarter of 2018 after recording 1.6% growth in the final quarter of 2017.

It was the first decline in nine quarters, snapping the longest stretch of continued expansion since the late 1980s.

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