Energy and Electricity Report Japan

  • ID: 2138989
  • February 2011
  • Region: Japan
  • 20 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Initial conditions: Japan's economic performance was disappointing during the 1990s, largely reflecting the prolonged deflationary adjustment that took place following the bursting of the economic bubble in 1990-91. Productivity also deteriorated during the period, reflecting labour market rigidities and the lingering impact of overinvestment in the late 1980s. As a result of this poor performance, Japan's relative economic importance has diminished. Measured in purchasing power parity terms, Japan's economy was the world's second-largest after that of the US in 1990, but by 2007 it had slipped to third-largest, well behind the US and China. Although growth picked up sharply in 2003-07, mainly owing to strong demand for Japanese goods from China and other emerging markets, the country's adverse demographic trends and strong social resistance to large-scale immigration suggest a subdued long-term outlook, despite Japan's strengths in information technology (IT) and telecommunications and its highly skilled workforce.

Demographic trends: Japan has one of the world's most rapidly ageing populations. According to the country's National Institute of Population and Social Security READ MORE >

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Energy and Electricity Report Japan

Market data at a glance

Long-term outlook
Government policy will focus on the shrinking labour force
The centralisation of policy decisions will improve implementation

Energy report

Energy report: Overview
Main developments in the energy mix to 2020

Energy report: Oil and gas

Energy report: Electricity

Energy report: Coal

Energy report: Nuclear

Energy report: Alternative energy

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