Economy of Japan
The economy of Japan is a highly developed free-market economy. It is the third-largest in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). It is the world's second-largest developed economy. Japan is a member of both the G7 and G20. According to the World Bank, the country's per capita GDP (PPP) was at $40,193 (2020). Due to a volatile currency exchange rate, Japan's GDP as measured in dollars fluctuates sharply. Accounting for these fluctuations through the use of the Atlas method, Japan is estimated to have a GDP per capita around $39,048. The Japanese economy is forecast by the Quarterly Tankan survey of business sentiment conducted by the Bank of Japan. The Nikkei 225 presents the monthly report of top blue chip equities on the Japan Exchange Group, which is the world's fifth-largest stock exchange by market capitalisation. In 2018, Japan was the world's fourth-largest importer and the fourth-largest exporter. It has the world's second-largest foreign-exchange reserves, worth $1.4 trillion. It ranks 5th on the Global Competitiveness Report. It ranks first in the world in the Economic Complexity Index. Japan is also the world's fourth-largest consumer market.
|Currency||Japanese yen (JPY, ¥)|
|1 April – 31 March|
|APEC, WTO, CPTPP, OECD, G-20, G7 and others|
|Population||125.88 million (1 October 2020 prov. est.)|
GDP per capita
GDP per capita rank
GDP by sector
GDP by component
|−0.1% (2020 est.)|
Population below poverty line
|33.9 medium (2015)|
Labor force by occupation
|29th (very easy, 2020)|
|Exports||$728.931 billion (2021)|
Main export partners
|Imports||$742.094 billion (2021)|
Main import partners
|− $13.156 billion (2021)|
|260% of GDP (2021 est.)|
|−3.5% (of GDP) (2017 est.)|
|Revenues||1.714 trillion (2017 est.)|
|Expenses||1.885 trillion (2017 est.)|
|Economic aid||donor: ODA, $10.37 billion (2016)|
|$1.389 trillion (October 2020)|
Japan is the world's second-largest automobile manufacturing country. It is often ranked among the world's most innovative countries, leading several measures of global patent filings. Facing increasing competition from China and South Korea, manufacturing in Japan currently focuses primarily on high-tech and precision goods, such as integrated circuits, hybrid vehicles, and robotics. Besides the Kantō region, the Kansai region is one of the leading industrial clusters and manufacturing centers for the Japanese economy. Japan is the world's largest creditor nation. Japan generally runs an annual trade surplus and has a considerable net international investment surplus. Japan has the third-largest financial assets in the world, valued at $12 trillion, or 8.6% of the global GDP total as of 2020. As of 2017, 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Japan, down from 62 in 2013. The country is the third-largest in the world by total wealth.
Japan formerly had the second-largest assets and wealth, behind only the United States in both categories. In 2015, it was eclipsed by People's Republic of China in both assets and wealth. Japan also had the world's second-largest economy by nominal GDP behind the United States. In 2010, it was eclipsed by People's Republic of China.
Japan's asset price bubble collapse in 1991 led to a period of economic stagnation known as the "lost decade", sometimes extended to a "lost 20 years" or greater. From 1995 to 2007 GDP fell from $5.33 trillion to $4.36 trillion in nominal terms. From the early 2000s, the Bank of Japan set out to encourage economic growth through a novel policy of quantitative easing. Debt levels continued to rise in response to the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in 2011, and the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020. As of 2021, Japan has significantly higher levels of public debt than any other developed nation at approximately 260% of GDP. 45% of this debt is held by the Bank of Japan. The Japanese economy faces considerable challenges posed by an aging and declining population, which peaked at 128 million in 2010 and has fallen to 125.5 million as of 2022. Projections show the population will continue to fall, potentially to below 100 million by the middle of the 21st century.