The Japanese economy advanced 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter in the December quarter 2018, stronger than the preliminary estimate of a 0.3 percent expansion and recovering from a downwardly revised 0.6 percent contraction in the third quarter. The latest GDP reading was above market expectations of a 0.4 percent growth, supported by a rebound in household consumption and an upward revision of business spending following a series of natural disasters. On an annualized basis, the economy grew 1.9 percent, faster than the preliminary figure of 1.4 percent, slightly above forecasts of a 1.8 percent expansion and rebounding from a downwardly revised 2.4 percent contraction in the previous quarter. GDP Growth Rate in Japan averaged 0.49 percent from 1980 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 3.20 percent in the second quarter of 1990 and a record low of -4.80 percent in the first quarter of 2009.
GDP Growth Rate in Japan is expected to be 0.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate GDP Growth Rate in Japan to stand at 0.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Japan GDP Growth Rate is projected to trend around 0.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.