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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun survey of 100 leading companies

Main questions & answers  

(Figures are numbers of companies.)

 

Q: What is your assessment of the Japanese economy today?

 

1) It is expanding

0

2) It is expanding moderately

65

3) It is leveling off

32

4) It is in a moderate recession

1

5) It is in a recession

0

 

Q: What are causes for concern regarding the outlook for the domestic economy? (Select up to two responses from the list below.)

 

1) Worsening of corporate profits

10

2) Stagnation in corporate capital investment

3

3) Labor shortage

23

4) Stagnation in personal consumption

35

5) Decrease in public works projects

1

6) Drop in stock prices

3

7) Yen depreciation

0

8) Yen appreciation

6

9) Rise in prices of crude oil and other resources

12

10) Rise in consumption tax

18

11) Delay in fiscal reconstruction

1

12) Delay in growth strategy

5

13) Future of Japan’s monetary policy

1

14) Future of domestic politics

1

15) Future of overseas economy

60

16) Other answers (O/A)

9

 

Q: What is your assessment of the current world economy?

 

1) It is expanding

1

2) It is expanding moderately

73

3) It is leveling off

20

4) It is slowing down moderately

3

5) It is slowing down

0

 

Q: What are you concerned about regarding the outlook for the world economy?

 

1) Impact of U.S. monetary policy, including interest rate hike

6

2) Trump administration’s economic policies

49

3) Slowdown in the Chinese economy

17

4) Slowdown in the economies of newly emerging nations (excluding China)

3

5) Slowdown in European economy

1

6) International conflicts and terrorist attacks

1

7) Trends in resource prices

2

8) North Korea issues

0

9) O/A

18

 

Q: How is your company doing with measures related to the reduced consumption tax rate?

 

1) We have already completed the necessary measures

3

2) We are moving along steadily with the necessary measures

31

3) We have started taking the necessary measures, but work is lagging behind

1

4) We are discussing the necessary measures and will implement them in the future

18

5) We have not yet started preparations

1

6) O/A

34

 

Q: Is your company able to secure a sufficient number of employees?

 

1) We are able to secure a sufficient number of employees

45

2) We are able to secure a sufficient number of employees, but there is a chance that we will have a labor shortage in the future

30

3) We are not able to secure a sufficient number of employees

16

4) We have a labor surplus

0

5) O/A

5

 

Q: The Japan Business Federation [Keidanren] has moved to abolish its current rules on the recruitment [of graduating university students who will start work in spring 2021]. Instead, the government will request companies to maintain the current guidelines. How will your company respond to this government request?

 

1) Currently we comply with the Keidanren rules, and we will comply with the government request, too

67

2) Currently we comply with the Keidanren rules, but we will not comply with the government request (i.e., we will start recruitment activities earlier than the designated start date)

2

3) Currently we do not comply with the Keidanren rules, but we will comply with the government request

1

4) Currently we do not comply with the Keidanren rules, and we will not comply with the government request (i.e., we will start recruitment activities earlier than the designated start date)

7

5) Undecided

20

 

Polling methodology: [The survey was conducted of 100 leading Japanese companies nationwide from Nov. 12–22, 2018. Some 98 companies responded. Interviews were conducted with top executives at 40% of those 100 companies.] Some companies did not answer some questions so the total number of companies does not total to 98 for each question. Questions and answers have been abbreviated in some cases.

 

 

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