WORLD Japanese household assets mark record high on less spending, rising stock prices

WORLD

Japanese household assets mark record high on less spending, rising stock prices

Xinhua

14:01, December 20, 2021

TOKYO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Assets held by Japanese households reached a record at 1,999.8 trillion yen (17.62 trillion U.S. dollars) at the end of September, the highest since comparable data became available in 2005, Bank of Japan (BOJ) data showed Monday.

People cross a street while shinkansens, or high-speed bullet trains, pass on a bridge in Tokyo's Ginza area on November 17, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

According to the data, accounting for 53.6 percent of the overall balance, the holding of cash and deposits increased 3.7 percent to 1,072 trillion yen, as people were refrained from spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many areas of Japan including Tokyo and Osaka were under a months-long COVID-19 state of emergency until the end of September, which required people to avoid nonessential outings and restaurants and bars to close earlier.

Assets held in equities surged 28.6 percent to 218 trillion yen due to increasing stock prices on economic recovery hopes.

Cash and deposits held by nonfinancial firms increased 4.4 percent to 321 trillion yen, accounting for 25.6 percent of the total assets, worth 1,250 trillion yen, up 8.3 percent.

Loans extended by financial institutions to nonfinancial firms were down 0.1 percent to 351 trillion yen.

The BOJ's holding of Japanese government bonds fell 0.7 percent to 538 trillion yen, accounting for 44.1 percent of the outstanding debt issued by the state, as some of them were redeemed at maturity, according to a quarterly report.

The Japanese central bank has implemented a massive asset-buying program to keep borrowing costs low for companies and consumers.

In addition, overseas investors increased their holdings of Japanese government debt by 8.1 percent to 164 trillion yen, accounting for 13.4 percent of the total debt. (1 U.S. dollar equals 113.52 yen)

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