Japan industrial production dropped sharply by -4.2% mom in October, missing expectation of -2.1% mom. That’s also the worst decline in nearly two years since January 2018. Output was seen as negatively impacted by temporary shutdowns of factories due to typhoon. Also slowing productions of big-ticket items following sales tax hike also weighed.

METI also noted that according to the Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing, production is expected to decrease in November and increase in December. Finance Minister Taro Aso said the government would consider more funding or cashless support to secure the economy’s recovery trend.

Also from Japan, unemployment rate was unchanged at 2.4% in October, matched expectations. Tokyo CPI core edged up to 0.6% yoy in November, matched expectations.

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