Latest numbers are a testimony to Japan’s fragile recovery, even though the easing of curbs related to Covid-19 has helped.
The annual rate shows what the growth would have been if the on-quarter rate continues for a year.
Domestic demand shrank 0.3 per cent, worse than the earlier release, showing a 0.2 per cent decline, according to the data released Thursday. Public demand stood unchanged from the initial figure at plus 0.3 per cent.
The latest numbers underline Japan’s fragile recovery, although the easing of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic has helped.
Japan has struggled over a shortage of imported parts from China, and the rest of Asia, such as computer chips for the auto industry, as well as inflation, especially the higher prices of energy, worsened by Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The return of economic activity, especially tourism, is expected to bolster the rebound.
Restaurants and other businesses are welcoming the return of crowds, as vaccination is generally widespread in Japan. Although COVID cases still persist, including deaths, the nation has been gradually relaxing measures, such as crowd size restrictions or mask-wearing requirements.
Japan’s economy shrank 0.3 per cent in the July-September period from the previous quarter. GDP is the total value of goods and services produced in a country.
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