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Will Japan's economy recover in 2012?

By Wang Kai (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

15:03, January 04, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

With the arrival of 2012, shadow of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in March 2011 and the ensuing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster still hangs over the Japanese economy.

Japan's economy worsening

The New Year has come, but Japan's economy remains plagued by the earthquake and nuclear disaster occurring in March. The economy has again shown weakness, according to recent statistics from the Japanese government.

According to economic data released on Dec. 28, industrial production in the country declined nearly 3 percent in November from the previous month, following a month-on-month decline in October.

The country’s average household spending dropped more than 3 percent in November from last year, and total retail sales dropped more than 2 percent from last year, showing poorer performance than previously predicted.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped 0.2 percent from a year earlier, and the core CPI dropped 0.5 percent from the previous month which is its second straight monthly decline.

Japan's central bank recently lowered its assessment of the Japanese economy from "the economy is taking off" to "the economic recovery is slowing down" at a board meeting on financial policy.

According to a questionnaire survey of 100 Japanese business owners conducted by Nikkei Inc, one of the largest media corporations in the country, nearly 50 percent of respondents believe that global economic conditions are worsening, and more than 70 percent believe that the Japanese economy is at a standstill.

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Snow at 2012-01-10222.175.169.*
The aritcles and English are good.
wende at 2012-01-0671.255.81.*
Japan"s economy might recover as US is letting Japan to start its weapon sales industry. Of course, this is again an western style of stirring the pot.
  

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