Country Analysis Report - Japan - In-depth PESTLE Insights

Country Analysis Report - Japan - In-depth PESTLE Insights - new country guide report published

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16.11.2012 21:02:53 - Country Analysis Report - Japan - In-depth PESTLE Insights - a new country guide report on

( - Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Japanese economy maintained high rates of growth to emerge as the world´s second largest economy. However, during the second half of the 1980s, an equity and real estate property price hike led the country into recession. Real growth was around 1% in the 1990s, after Japan tightened its monetary and fiscal policies to control


soaring real estate and stock prices, in order to create a stable investment environment by maintaining price stability. In 2000, the economy posted a growth rate of around 3%, and settled down to an average growth rate of 1.7% over 2000–06. After recording growth of 2.4% in 2007, economic conditions began to deteriorate, and the economy contracted in both 2008 and 2009, by 1.2% and 6.3% respectively.

However, the economy revived and grew by around 4% in 2010. However, this progress did not last long, as a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the country in March 2011. The natural devastation, along with low domestic consumption, the budget deficit, the risk of deflation, high government spending, and political instability are all expected to keep the economy on a slow growth path over the next few years. According to Datamonitor´s forecast, the economy is expected to grow by 1.2% in 2011, and by an average of 1.9% between 2012 and 2015.


The country analysis report on Japan provides a wide array of analytical inputs to analyze the country´s performance, and the objective is to help the reader to make business decisions and prepare for the future. The report on Japan analyzes the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure of Japan. The report provides a holistic view of Japan from historical, current and future perspective. Insightful analysis on critical current and future issues is presented through detailed SCPT (strengths, challenges, prospects and threats /risks) analysis for each of the PESTLE segments. In addition, the PESTLE segments are supplemented with relevant quantitative data to support trend analysis. The PESTLE country analysis report series provides an in-depth analysis of 50 major countries.

Features and Benefits

• Understanding gained from the country analysis report on Japan can be used to plan business investments or market entry apart from a holistic view of the country.
• Political section on Japan provides inputs about the political system, key figures in the country, and governance indicators.
• Economic section on Japan outlines the economic story of the country to provide a balanced assessment on core macro-economic issues.
• Social section on Japan enables understanding of customer demographics through the income distribution, rural-urban segmentation and centres of affluence, healthcare and educational scenario in the country.
• Technological section on Japan provides strategic inputs on information communications and technology, technological laws and policies, technological gaps, patents data and relevant laws.
• Legal section on Japan provides information about the legal structure, corporate laws, business set-up procedures and the tax regime.
• Environmental section provides information on environmental policies in Japan and the performance in terms of important environmental indicators.


PESTLE analysis of Japan identifies issues that affect the country´s performance through the prism of current strengths (strengths), current challenges (weaknesses), future prospects (opportunities) and future risks (threats).

The political landscape discusses the evolution of the political scenario in Japan in different periods. The economic, social, foreign and defence policies are considered in the political landscape section. It also discusses the performance of the country as per World Bank Governance Indicators.

The economic landscape describes the evolution of the economy of Japan in different periods. It also examines the country´s performance in terms of GDP growth, composition by sector (agriculture, industry and services), fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, credit disbursement, banking sector and employment. The economic landscape also explains the financial system in the country, especially with regard to financial authorities/regulators.

The social landscape covers the demographics, education and healthcare scenario in Japan. The social welfare policies of the government along with the country´s performance in terms of healthcare, income distribution and education are also provided.

The technological landscape discusses the structure and policies in terms of Intellectual property, research & development, technology agreements/pacts; and policies related to the promotion of technology in Japan.

The legal landscape examines the structure of the judicial system, legislation affecting businesses, tax regulations, labor laws, trade regulations and corporate governance in Japan.

The environmental landscape in Japan discusses the environmental regulations and policies of the country. The performance of the country in terms of in terms of environmental indicators and impact of environmental policies is also examined.

Your key questions answered

• What is the outlook in terms of political stability, policies towards businesses, external front and popularity of government in Japan?
• What is the economic performance of Japan in terms of GDP growth, fiscal situation, international investment position, monetary situation, credit disbursement, and employment among other economic indicators?
• What is the performance of Japan in terms of healthcare, income distribution and education?
• What is the performance of Japan in technology intensive sectors like telecommunications and information technology, patents and R&D expenditure trends?
• What is the legal structure in Japan and are the laws conducive for investment?
• What is the performance of Japan in terms of environmental indicators and impact of environmental policies?

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