PwC: Over 60% of CEOs say confidence in Japan remains unchanged
A majority of international CEOs surveyed by PwC say their confidence in the country remains largely unchanged, despite the devastation caused by the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Fuente:  Fecha:  02.08.2011

But a coordinated series of actions are needed to help get the country back on track.

PwC: Over 60% of CEOs say confidence in Japan remains unchanged

These are some of the key findings arising out of a special survey of global CEOs carried out by PwC Japan in a bid to gain an insight from the global business community into what actions the country has to take to achieve recovery.

Over 60% of the surveyed companies stated that their confidence in Japan remained largely unchanged. However, nearly a third of those doing business in Japan signalled a decrease in confidence. A large number of CEOs thought that Japan would lose global competitiveness over the long term – especially amongst companies doing business in Japan, where the number was over 60%.

Companies doing business in Japan responded that they had suffered a relatively large impact on their revenues or operations (63% of CEOs said operations within Japan had been disrupted, 52% said operations in and around the Tohoku region had been disrupted, 38% reported a decline in income). In addition, 21% of CEOs were planning to change their supply chain strategies. For companies not doing business in Japan, direct impact was minor, but one in ten companies said they planned to change their supply chain strategies and logistics anyway.

Says Yumiko Noda, the leader of PwC’s Japan Recovery Taskforce: “Despite the inevitable and serious impact on Japanese business, a majority of respondents said that Japan would overcome the crisis and get back on the track of economic growth. But a combined effort would be needed to achieve this.”

Responses to the question of what post-disaster Japan needed to do were narrowed down mainly to the following four: improved economic policies and fiscal deficit management; a clear energy policy that supports energy security; timely and accurate government communication; and political stability and leadership.

Johji Sato, the UK lead for PwC’s Japanese Business team said: "In short, a more powerful recovery effort combining both political and economic is thought to be required. “We also expect that Japanese overseas investment will be more active in the coming few years and that diversification geographically into more countries will take place."

Japan is the UK's largest export market after Europe and the US, and Britain is Japan's ninth largest market.