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Retail Banking in Japan - COVID-19 Impact Snapshot

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  • 18 Pages
  • July 2020
  • Region: Japan
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 5067826
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The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak, dubbed COVID-19, is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting millions of people globally. The contagious Coronavirus, which broke out at the close of 2019, has led to a medical emergency across the world, with the World Health Organization officially declaring the novel Coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Fears surrounding the impact of COVID-19 have already significantly impacted the global economy, with most countries across the world registering declines in economic growth for the year to date. Many economists and institutions have cut their forecasts, with many experts predicting the onset of recessionary environments.

A similar trend has been seen in Japan, as economic growth in the country dipped in the first quarter of 2020. However, Japan has been able to control the COVID-19 pandemic quite well thanks to robust government measures. As of July 9 there were 20,261 confirmed cases, with the majority of individuals having already recovered. With the government now easing lockdown restrictions, a gradual recovery in the economy is expected.

This report focuses on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the economy and the retail banking industry in the Japan. Based on our proprietary datasets, the snap shot provides a detailed comparison between pre-COVID-19 forecasts and revised forecasts of total mortgage, consumer, credit card loan balances as well as deposit balances in terms of value and growth rates. It also offers information on measures taken by the government to combat Coronavirus.


  • COVID-19 is having a major impact on the Japanese economy, which directly impacts the country’s banking sector. Regional banks and the country’s “shinkin” financial co-operatives will face pressure to their earnings and asset quality as a result of uncertainty surrounding the severity and duration of the pandemic and the associated effects on these banks due to restrictions on economic activity.
  • A drop in interest rates will weigh on banks’ net interest margins. Fee income will fall, driven by decreased retail spending, while non-performing loan ratios will increase - particularly across SMEs. However, support measures implemented by the government should alleviate some of the asset-quality pressure that will emerge from this downturn.
  • This will work in the short term and hold down the impaired loan ratio for the first half of 2020, but pressure will be on lenders for many months to come.

Reasons to Buy

  • Make strategic decisions using top-level revised forecast data on the Japanese retail lending and deposit industry.
  • Understand the key market trends, challenges, and opportunities in the Japanese retail lending and deposit industry.
  • Receive a comprehensive insight into the total consumer loans in Japan, including mortgages, personal and credit card loans as well as retail deposits balances.

Table of Contents

COVID-19 Update
  • Impact Assessment
  • Retail Deposits
  • Total Consumer Loans
  • Mortgage Loans
  • Credit Card Loans
  • Other Consumer Loans
  • Job Analysis

  • Supplementary Data
  • Definitions
  • Methodology
  • About the Publisher
  • Contacts