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Japan’s Corporate Leaders Growing Pessimistic on Economy: Nikkei Survey Finds

BySamantha Jones

Mar 29, 2024
Japanese CEOs are less optimistic about the economy and exercising caution as wage hikes approach.

Japan’s corporate leaders are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey by Nikkei. The survey found that only 50% of respondents believe the economy is “expanding” or “expanding slightly,” a sharp decline from the previous quarter’s survey where 72% expressed positivity. This 50% reading is the lowest since a poll in March 2022, which had only 13.1% of respondents feeling optimistic. Additionally, 45% of respondents now feel that the economy will remain flat, compared to just 20% in the previous survey.

The Nikkei survey identified several reasons for this shift in sentiment among Japan’s corporate heads. The majority of respondents, 80.3%, blamed flat consumer spending for the lack of economic growth. Stagnation in China was cited by 40.9% of respondents, while persistent labor shortages were pointed to by 37.9% as contributing factors.

The March BIOJ meeting also indicated a slow rate cycle ahead, which aligns with the findings of the Nikkei survey. The overall tone of the survey suggests a growing sense of caution among Japan’s corporate leaders, with concerns about consumer spending, global economic conditions, and labor shortages weighing on their outlook for the future.

By Samantha Jones

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