Japan Economic Indicators


Tankan report
Balance of payments
Industrial production index
Gross domestic product (GDP)
Machinery orders
Unemployment
Consumer price index (CPI)
Wholesale price index (WPI)
Leading and coincident indices of business conditions
Retail sales

Tankan Report
Trimestrial economic synthesis that is published by the department of study and statistics of the Bank of Japan.
The synthesis is made on the evaluation of more than 8000 companies, firms and institutions by the following economic parameters:
1.The business existence conditions.
2.The production and creation.
3.Supply and demand, the level of prices.
4.Income.
5.Direct investments.
6.Occupation.
7.Tax conditions.
Tankan is the most important indicator of Japan.

Balance of payments
This indicator presents a ratio between the sum of payments received from outside and the sum of payments made outside. In the case in which the payments received in the country surpass the payments made towards other countries and international organisations, the payment balance is active (exists in a positive receipt), in contrary case – the balance is passive (the receipt is negative). A positive receipt (or the lowering of the negative receipt) represents a positive factor for the growth of the national course. This indicator is published each month.
This indicator is taken into consideration by the market.

Industrial production index
Indicates the level of modifications in the production volume of the country’s industry. The initial value of the indicator is published at the end of each month.
After two weeks they publish the confirmed version of the indicator. The growth of this indicator leads to the growth of the national value course. This indicator has a great influence on the market.

Gross Domestic product (GDP)
The sum of products and services made in the country, expressed in prices. An indicator which confirms the market expectations more than foreseeing them. This indicator is published trimestrially. This indicator is taken into consideration by the market.

Machinery orders
The orders for the production and building of cars. The indicator reflects the levels of capital investments of the companies and manifestations in business. Is made based on evaluations of more than 300 industrial producers. This indicator is published each month. This indicator has an important market influence.

Unemployment
A high level of unemployment, although reflects high efficiency in the use of the work force, can put the economic growth in danger, because it promotes economies and not consume. This indicator is published each month. This indicator is taken into consideration by the market.

Wholesale price index (WPI)
The indicator of wholesale prices.
Reflects the modifications of the level of the prices of great supply lots. Is calculated as a ratio between three components : internal wholesale products, export wholesale products and import wholesale products. WPI is considered a better indicator of inflation than CPI, because it reflects the situation directly of the business medium. This indicator is taken into consideration by the market.
Leading and coincident indicators of business conditions
The principal and common indicators. The index of main indicators is a ratio between 13 principal indicators. Is used for setting the future state of the economy. The common indicator index is made out of 11 indicators and is used for setting the state of the current economy (the level of the indicator of 50% is considered a “zero” point). This indicator is published each month. This indicator has a weak influence on the market.

Retail Sales
This indicator reflects the modifications in the sale level. The statistic contains the universal stores and superstores. It indicates the level of consume and demand.
This indicator is published each month. It has a weak influence on the market.

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