August: The Recession Indicator marks 10.5%
－ The Leading Index rose for three successive months
The Recession Indicator for Japan released by Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) marks 10.5% (Figure 1). The Leading Index as an underlying data rose for three successive months, due to improvements in inventory ratio of producer goods for mining and manufacturing, growth in money stock (M2), sales forecast of small businesses, and others. On October 7, the Cabinet Office revised upward the assessment of the economy, which is calculated mechanically from the coincidence index, from "worsening" to "halting to fall" for the first time in 13 months. The behavior of the recession probability suggests that the Japanese economy has already got out of a recession.
【Figure 1. The Recession Indicator (August 2020)】
【Table 1. The Recession Indicator and the Leading Index (over the last year)】
* The estimation method of the Recession Indicator has revised since the release in July 2020. Please refer to here) for more details.
－ Deterioration of the employment situation could be a factor.
－ Huge probability reduction contributed by the well-performed indices of an inventory ratio
－ Exceeding the warning level due to the stock pile-up resulting from the dismal foreign demands.
－ The probability almost stayed at the previous month's level.
－ New housing construction and stock prices contributed to the improvement