Consumer Affairs Agency, Government Of Japan
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White Paper on Consumer Affairs 2014 [Summary]

Part 1 Today’s consumer issues and consumers’ behavior/attitude

Chapter 3 Consumer-related socioeconomic situation and consumers’ behavior/attitude

Section 1 Consumer-related socioeconomic situation

Consumer activities as a major part of socioeconomic activities

The total consumer spending in 2013 was about ¥286 trillion, accounting for about 60% of the Japanese economy (Japan’s gross domestic product [GDP] of about ¥478 trillion). This percentage is similar to comparable figures in other countries, as consumer spending accounts for over 50% of the national economy in developed countries in general.

Figure 3-1-1 Household consumption accounts for about 60% of Japan’s GDP

Figure 3-1-2 Consumption expenditure accounts for over 50% of the national economy in developed countries

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