Japan GDP Q1: +3.5% (annualized) vs. 2.7% expected.


Japan GDP Q1: +3.5% (annualized) vs. 2.7% expected.
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  • Seth Walters
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    Is this good or bad? The Yen has declined over 20% year on year, so is nominal growth of 3.5% annualized a fair compensation?
    15 May 2013, 09:27 PM Reply Like
  • brachiosaurus
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    That's not nominal growth- it's real, inflation adjusted, growth. Clearly the Japanese have finally figured out a recipe to escaping their liquidity trap, and that recipe looks awfully similar to what Krugman has been calling for for 15 years.
    15 May 2013, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • 7of9
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    They are copying Ben. Ben is the leader rest of the world follows and looks up to. Reminds me of lemmings.
    15 May 2013, 11:48 PM Reply Like
  • jumpnjoey77
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    They will be worried the BOJ will slow easing. Bad.
    15 May 2013, 11:48 PM Reply Like
  • mobyss
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    So the nominal rate is 23.5 % annualized? With the yen devaluation it must be hard to keep track of real inflation. Oil is priced in dollars and the yen is collapsing against the dollar.
    16 May 2013, 12:07 AM Reply Like
  • brachiosaurus
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    oil imports are a tiny fraction of Japan's GDP. Japan's inflation rate is still 0% and hasn't been consistently positive for more than 20 years.

     

    Go to wikipedia and look up what real gross *domestic product* means. You and a few others seem to be confused about the concept.
    16 May 2013, 12:12 AM Reply Like
  • Xavier M
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    Meanwhile France and Germany are already in almost recesion again.
    16 May 2013, 03:29 AM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    Japanese economic statistics are now just as unreliable and subject to "revisions" as Chinese export numbers or US employment figures.
    16 May 2013, 05:15 AM Reply Like
  • Far Horizon
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    Very quick impact on GDP if this is Abenomics inspired. It will be interesting to see if the Q2 figures continue to support this trend. Tsunami reconstruction is just picking up steam and this might also distort the underlying growth.
    16 May 2013, 06:29 AM Reply Like
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