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January 10, 2019
Bank of Japan
According to assessments from regions across Japan, all nine regions reported that their economy had been either expanding or recovering. Compared with the previous assessment in October 2018, the Hokkaido and Chugoku regions, which had revised down their assessments due to the effects of the natural disasters -- namely, the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake and the heavy rain in July 2018 -- revised up their assessments, taking into account the progress in restoration and reconstruction. The assessments for the other seven regions (Tohoku, Hokuriku, Kanto-Koshinetsu, Tokai, Kinki, Shikoku, and Kyushu-Okinawa) were unchanged.
The background behind these assessments was that the virtuous cycle from income to spending had been maintained, as exports had been on an increasing trend with overseas economies continuing to grow firmly on the whole, labor market conditions had continued to tighten steadily, and private consumption had been increasing moderately. Although the impact of uncertainties regarding overseas economies -- including the trade friction between the United States and China -- has been limited thus far, a gradually increasing number of firms are pointing to some effects, such as a decline in orders.
|Region||Assessment in October 2018||Changes
|Assessment in January 2019|
|Hokkaido||The economy has been recovering moderately as a trend, although downward pressure due to the effects of the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake is being observed.||The economy has been recovering moderately as a trend, and downward pressure due to the effects of the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake has continued to ease.|
|Tohoku||The economy has continued to recover moderately.||The economy has continued to recover moderately.|
|Hokuriku||The economy has been expanding.||The economy has been expanding.|
|The economy has been expanding moderately.||The economy has been expanding moderately.|
|Tokai||The economy has been expanding.||The economy has been expanding.|
|Kinki||The economy has been expanding moderately, although effects of Typhoon No. 21 are being observed in economic activity.||The economy has continued to expand moderately.|
|Chugoku||Although the economy was damaged by the heavy rain in July 2018, it has been expanding moderately as a trend, amid the effects of the heavy rain waning, mainly reflecting the restoration of social infrastructure.||The economy has been expanding moderately.|
|Shikoku||The economy has been recovering.||The economy has been recovering.|
|Kyushu- Okinawa||The economy has been expanding moderately, with its growth gaining a more solid footing.||The economy has been expanding moderately, with its growth gaining a more solid footing.|
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