By Dilip K. Das
Concurring with the choice of the G-5 nations to understand the yen in the course of the Plaza accord used to be of momentous importance for Japan simply because this was once the sharpest appreciation one of the prime currencies within the fresh previous. Doubling the price of the forex in this kind of brief time-span may have resulted in a stifling of the economic climate. rather than being smothered, although, the japanese economy—after the short endaka recession—entered into the longest upswing of the company cycle of the postwar interval. the first concentration of this publication is the strength of the post-appreciation jap monetary growth because it used to be felt via constructing and industrialized nations. by way of 1989 the japanese economic system had emerged because the greatest creditor kingdom, the biggest giver of reduction, and the biggest economic system making international investments. changing into banker of the area, its banks and securities agencies started to dominate foreign monetary markets, and with 111 jap firms within the Fortune 500 checklist for 1990, it additionally grew to become a massive company presence within the foreign economic system.
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In this section we shall also see that after the yen's appreciation export prices declined more than the domestic prices and that in the export sector the manufacturing goods prices recorded a marked fall. Little wonder that the traded goods industries contributed negatively to return on sales down to 1987 but the negative contribution gradually diminished as exporters raised their prices and reduced costs. Conversely, profitability improved in the non-traded goods sectors because, first, the output prices did not decline because there was not much international competition; second, several input prices had fallen; third, wage increases were restrained because of a fall in the price index from 100 in 1985 to 94 in 1988; and last, as noted in the second section, the interest rates had declined.
57 Consequently, according to a US National Science Foundation study, Japan had achieved parity in semiconductor technology, silicon product technology and high-definition television by 1989 and was pulling ahead in superconductivity research. 58 THE ENDAKA RECESSION The Japanese word endaka has the characters of both high and yen. The question is often asked whether the appreciating yen created recession in the economy. 9 provides a clear and convincing answer. 9 THE DECADAL ECONOMIC TREND, 198(}--89 1980 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 1.
34 The Yen Appreciation and the International Economy The post-yen-appreciation economic expansion entailed constantly expanding personal consumption. 4 per cent in 1986 over the previous year. 7 per cent in 1988, exhibiting a steady rise. The gain in 1988 was the highest in ten years. A family income and expenditure survey revealed that the increase in consumption spending by households was irrespective of income class. 63 The breakdown of increased spending shows that it centred on (1) durable consumer goods like automobiles and household electrical appliances, and (2) services like travel, education and health-related services.