March 2011 Great Disaster, THEN and NOW – some facts

More than two years after the great disaster in Tohoku region, Japan is still a recovering economy.

There are some interesting facts comparing the period immediately after the disaster, and for example, the beginning of this year, that I am going to share with you.

CATEGORY
APRIL 2011

(immediately after the disaster)
JANUARY 2013
Exchange Rate (= 1 US Dollar) approx. ¥81.17 approx. ¥91.73
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 4.2%
Wages approx. ¥302.66 approx. ¥649.54
Wages in Manufacturing approx. ¥323.75 approx. ¥772.03
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Annual Growth Rate
-1.6% 0.5%
Inflation Rate -0.5% -0.3%
Loans to Private Sector approx. ¥395,500 Billion  approx. ¥403,000 Billion
External Debt approx. ¥220,000 Billion approx. ¥245,700 Billion
Exports approx. ¥5156.65 Billion approx. ¥5299.22 Billion
Imports approx. ¥5634.39 Billion approx. ¥5942.51 Billion
Bankruptcies 1076 934
Car Registrations approx. 100,000 approx. 210,000
Bank Long Term Lending Rate 1.7% 1.2%

Data from http://www.tradingeconomics.com and from http://www.x-rates.com



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