Japan GDP contracted -0.3% qoq in Q3, matched expectation. Annualized rate showed -1.2% contraction, worse than expectation of -1.0%. GDP deflator dropped -0.3%, lowest than expectation of -0.2%. One detail to note is that exports contracted -1.8% qoq, fastest decline in over three years. It seems that the contraction in Q3 cannot be explained only by natural disasters. But the steep contraction in exports argued that US related trade tensions was also weighing on the economy of Japan. Though, it will take another quarter or two to really gauge the impact from protectionism.
Japan Economy Toshimitsu Motegi sounded confident and optimistic though. He said that “Japan’s economy is expected to recover driven mainly by domestic demand. Though he also warned that “we need to be vigilant to the impact of overseas uncertainties, financial market volatility and how trade problems affect the global economy.”
Also from Japan, tertiary industry index dropped -1.1% mom in September versus expectation of -0.4% mom. Industrial production dropped -0.4% mom versus expectation of -1.1% mom.