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2002 OECD Economic Surveys: Japan 2002

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This 2002 edition of OECD's periodic economic survey of Japan examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects and includes special features covering structural reform and sources of growth.

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Recent Developments

Will Be Cyclical Recovery Lead to Sustained Growth?

Despite continuing deflation and weakness in the financial sector, the Japanese economy has recovered at a moderate pace since early 2002, led by a sharp increase in exports. The weak yen in early 2002 and the already low level of inventories have supported export growth and increased production, which in turn have led to an improvement in business sentiment. The recovery has been particularly strong in electronics and in other exporting sectors, especially automobiles. Activity in domestic sectors has also started to recover, though at a modest rate...

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