Recent Statistical Survey Reports, July 2018

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Statistical Survey Reports

TANKAN (Short-Term Economic Survey of Enterprises) (June)

July 2, released by the Bank of Japan(PDF:536KB)new window

The Diffusion Index (DI) (“Favorable”- “Unfavorable”) for business conditions in large enterprises of all industries was 22%point (23 in the previous quarter and forecast 21 in the coming quarter), the manufacturing was 21%point and the non-manufacturing was 24%point.

The Diffusion Index (DI) (“Excessive”- “Insufficient”) for employment conditions in large enterprises of all industries was -21% point (-22 in the previous quarter and forecast -21 in the coming quarter), the manufacturing was -16%point and the non-manufacturing was -27%point.

Business Conditions(Diffusion index of "Favorable" minus
"Unfavorable," For Large Enterprise)

Line chart. See the table above for line chart data.

Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (April)

July 4, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The number of welfare recipients in April was 2,103,666 and the number of households of welfare recipients was 1,635,280.

Family Income and Expenditure Survey (May)

July 6, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The average monthly income for a worker’s households with 2 or more family members was down 0.3% in real terms from the previous year. The change over the year of wages & salaries was 0.9% in real terms from the previous year (household heads: -0.7% in real terms, spouse of household: 8.1% in real terms).

The average of consumption expenditures for a worker’s household with 2 or more family members was down 6.1% in real terms from the previous year.

Revised forms of account books have been introduced to half of the sample households on January 2018, therefore results including "Change over the year" and "Contribution" in data tables might have gaps from the figures by the previous survey schedules.

To resolve this discontinuity, "discontinuity-adjusted figures" are calculated by "Inverse-Probability-Weighting" using "propensity score", for valid comparison with results of previous years.

Monthly Labour Survey (Provisional Report in May)

July 6, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Total amount of cash earnings increased by 2.1% and contractual cash earnings increased by 1.5% (full-time employees 1.3%, part-time employees 0.9%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings increased by 14.6% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 1.5% and non-scheduled cash earnings increased by 1.6% from year earlier. Real wage (total cash earnings) increased by 1.3% from a year earlier and real wage (contractual cash earnings) increased by 0.7% from a year earlier.

Non-scheduled hours worked by manufacturing industry workers at business establishments with 5 or more employees decreased by 0.7% from the previous month (seasonally adjusted).

Workers’ compensation for Brain and Heart Disease and mental disability (FY2017)

July 6, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Regarding the situation of workers’ compensation for brain and heart disease, the number of claim was 840, an increase of 15 from the previous fiscal year, and the number of grant decision was 253, a decrease of 7 from the previous fiscal year.

As for mental disability, the former was 1,732, an increase of 146 from the previous fiscal year and the latter was 506, an increase of 8 from the previous fiscal year.

Indexes of Business Conditions May 2018 (Preliminary Release)

July 6, released by the Cabinet Office

The Coincident Index of Composite Index (CI, revised figures, 2010=100) in May was 116.1, a decrease of 1.4 point. And 3 months backward moving average increased by for 0.10point, and 7 months backward moving average decreased for 0.03point. So the Assessment of Coincident Index was “Improving” (The same as the previous month)

The Leading Index was 106.9, an increase of 0.7 point, and the Lagging Index was 118.8, an increase of 1.5 point.

Employment Status Survey 2017

July 13, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Consumer Price Index Japan (June)

July 20, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The consumer price index for Japan in June 2018 was 100.9(2015=100), up 0.7% over the year. All items, less fresh food, the comprehensive index was 101.0, up 0.8% from the previous year. All items, less fresh food and energy, the comprehensive index was 100.9, up 0.2% from the previous year.

Abridged Life Tables For Japan 2017

July 20, released by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

In the abridged life tables 2017, life expectancy at birth was 81.09 years for males and 87.26 for females.

Comprehensive Survey of Living Conditions (2017)

July 20, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The average annual income per household in 2016 was 5,602 thousand yen (5,454 thousand yen in the previous survey).

As for family life consciousness, 55.8% says their lives are “hard” (very much or a little bit).

Monthly Labour Survey (Final Report in May)

July 23, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfarenew window

Total amount of cash earnings increased by 2.1% and contractual cash earnings increased by 1.4% (full-time employees 1.3%, part-time employees 1.7%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings increased by 18.2% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 1.3% and non-scheduled cash earnings increased by 2.0%. Real wage (total cash earnings) increased by 1.3% from a year earlier and real wage (contractual cash earnings) increased by 0.6% from a year earlier.

Non-scheduled hours worked by manufacturing industry workers at business establishments with 5 or more employees decreased by 0.7% from the previous month (seasonally adjusted).

Indexes of Business Conditions May 2018 (Revision of the Preliminary Release)

July 24, released by the Cabinet Office

The Coincident Index of Composite Index (CI, revised figures, 2010=100) in May was 116.8, a decrease of 0.7 point. And 3 months backward moving average increased for 0.34 point, and 7 months backward moving average increased for 0.07 point. So the Assessment of Coincident Index was “Improving” (The same as the previous month)

The Leading Index was 106.9, increased by 0.7%, and the Lagging Index was 117.9, an increase of 0.6 point.

Survey on Supply and Demand of Construction Labor

July 25, released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Consumer Price Index Ku-area of Tokyo (July) (preliminary)

July 27, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communicationsnew window

The consumer price index for Ku-area of Tokyo in July 2018(preliminary) was 100.6(2015=100), up 0.9% from the previous year. All items, less fresh food, the comprehensive index was 100.5, up 0.8% from the previous year. All items, less fresh food and energy, the comprehensive index was 100.8, up 0.5% from the previous year.

Basic Survey of Gender Equality in Employment Management in FY2017

July 30, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Labour Force Survey (June)

July 31, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 2.4%, increased by 0.2 point from the previous month. That for men was 2.6%, increased by 0.2 point and that for women was 2.2%, increased by 0.2 point from the previous month.

The number of unemployed persons (seasonally adjusted) was 1.66million, increased by 150 thousand from the previous month.

The number of employees was 59.40 million, increased by 920 thousand from the previous year.

Among them, the number of regular employee was 35.01 million, increased by 440 thousand from the previous year and the number of non-regular employee was 21.02 million, increased by 560 thousand from the previous year.

Employment Referrals for General Workers (June)

July 31, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfarenew window

Active job openings-to-applicants ratio (seasonally adjusted) was 1.62, increased by 0.02point from the previous month.

The number of monthly active job openings (person(s)) (seasonally adjusted) was increased by 0.6% from the previous month and the number of monthly active applications (person(s)) (seasonally adjusted) was decreased by 0.6% from the previous month.

New job openings-to-applicants ratio (seasonally adjusted) was 2.47, increased by 0.13point from the previous month.

Active job openings-to-applicants ratio for regular staff (seasonally adjusted) was 1.13, increased by 0.03point from the previous month.

Trend in Unemployment Rate and Ratio of Active Job
Openings to Applicants (seasonally adjusted)

See the table above for chart data.

Indices of Industrial Production (June)

July 31, released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industrynew window

The index of industrial production (seasonally adjusted, 2010=100) decreased by 2.1% from the previous month. According to the Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing, Production is expected to increase in July and August.

Other Reports

Monthly Economic Report (July)

July 20, released by the Cabinet Officeopen new window

The Japanese economy is recovering at a moderate pace. (The same as the previous month)

  • Private consumption is in picking up. (The same as the previous month)
  • Business investment is increasing moderately. (The same as the previous month)
  • Exports are picking up. (The same as the previous month)
  • Industrial production is increasing moderately. (The same as the previous month)
  • Corporate profits is improving. Firms' judgment on current business conditions is almost flat. (In the previous month, “Firms' judgment on current business conditions is improving.”)
  • The employment situation is improving steadily. (The same as the previous month)
  • Consumer prices are rising moderately in recent months. (The same as the previous month)
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