Japan

Japan : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook

Imports

$808.4 billion (2011 est.)
$639.1 billion (2010 est.)

Exports

$788 billion (2011 est.)
$730.1 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

-0.3% (2011 est.)
-0.7% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

4.6% (2011 est.)
5.1% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$35,200 (2011 est.)
$35,500 (2010 est.)
$34,000 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

3% (2010 est.)
-5.2% (2009 est.)
-1.2% (2008 est.)

Internet users

99.182 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

121 million (2009)

Population growth rate

-0.077% (2012 est.)

Population

127,368,088 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence.

For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture.

Japan opened its ports after signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 and began to intensively modernize and industrialize.

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Japan

Economic overview

In the years following World War II, government-industry cooperation, a strong work ethic, mastery of high technology, and a comparatively small defense allocation (1% of GDP) helped Japan develop a technologically advanced economy.

Two notable characteristics of the post-war economy were the close interlocking structures of manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors, known as keiretsu, and the guarantee of lifetime employment for a substantial portion of the urban labor force.

Both features are now eroding under the dual pressures of global competition and domestic demographic change.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Japan April 2015 Updater

Country Forecast Japan April 2015 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

The victory of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the December 2014 general election virtually guarantees the re-election of Shinzo Abe as its president at the September 2015 party elections. ...

  • Countries : Japan

ISA

Japan - ISA Country Report

Japan - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Japan, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Japan

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Japan

Country Economic Forecasts > Japan

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by Oxford Economics

Indicators from Q1 suggest growth of only 0.4% on the quarter, significantly weaker than would typically be expected at this stage of a recovery. However, we remain optimistic on growth going forward - ...

  • Countries : Japan

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