Japan’s real GDP growth was estimated at around the mid one percent range in 2017, with similar growth expected to continue in 2018. Exports and private consumption contributed positively to growth as the unemployment rate continued its decline. Despite this, concerns remain over the intensified geopolitical risks in the Korean peninsula and the possible appreciation of the Japanese yen. A buoyant Diffusion Index reflected a healthy corporate sector and a record in corporate earnings history, as the Nikkei 225 Index also recorded its highest reading in over 26 years.
Source : Deutsche Asset Management