Japan Economic Risk Analysis

Japan: On a fragile path


LOW RISK for entreprise

  • Economic risk

  • Business environment risk

  • Political risk

  • Commercial risk

  • Financing risk

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GDP USD4872.137bn (World ranking 3, World Bank 2017)
Population 126.8mn (World ranking 11, World Bank 2017)
Form of state Parliamentary government with a Constitutional Monarchy
Head of government Shinzo ABE (PM)
Next elections 2019, House of Councillors
  • Current account surplus
  • Low public external debt
  • Good geographical location
  • Innovative industries and high quality products
  • Large financial surplus of nonfinancial corporations
  • Vulnerable to natural disaster
  • Ageing population
  • Huge public debt and large public deficit
  • Highly dependent on energy imports

Trade structure by destination/origin

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
United States 20%
26% China
China 18%
11% United States
Korea, Republic of 7%
5% Australia
Taiwan (PRC) 6%
4% Korea, Republic of
China, Hong Kong SAR 5%
4% Taiwan (PCR)

Trade structure by product

(% of total)

Exports Rank Imports
Road vehicles 22%
10% Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials
Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, n.e.s. 13%
9% Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, n.e.s.
Specialised machinery 7%
6% Telecommunication and sound recording apparatus
Other industrial machinery and parts 6%
6% Gas, natural and manufactured
Power generating machinery and equipment 4%
4% Articles of apparel & clothing accessories
The payment culture in Japan is excellent with only a minority of invoices remaining unpaid thanks to strong cultural particularities. However, excessive DSO and significant payment disparities may be observed from one sector to another.

  • Low

  • Medium

  • Sensitive

  • High

  • Payments

  • Court proceedings

  • Insolvency proceedings

Although domestic courts tend to be fairly efficient in delivering timely decisions, tribunals are time-consuming, expensive and complex. Therefore, conducting well-orchestrated pre-legal collection actions is essential.

Similarly, collecting debt from insolvent debtors is overall a challenging exercise and, even though insolvency proceedings could yield dividends, these would spread over years and generate significant costs.

Contact Euler Hermes

Economic Research Team


Contact Mahamoud Islam

Senior Economist for Asia


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