In the quarterly Regional Economic Report, BoJ kept assessment of all nine regions unchanged. All nine regions reported that their economy had been “either expanding or recovering”. Domestic demand had “continued on an uptrend”, with a virtuous cycle from income to spending operating in both the corporate and household sectors. But, exports and production had been affected by the “slowdown in overseas economies”.
Also, while the assessments were overall unchanged, “a somewhat increasing number of firms were pointing to heightening uncertainties over the outlook for overseas economies and their impacts, reflecting, for example, the U.S.-China trade friction.”