November 7, 2019 / 11:07 PM / 11 days ago

TABLE-Most Japan firms affected by typhoons, want more govt spending

    TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Three quarters of Japanese companies have been hurt by a string of natural disasters over the past two
years, suffering damage to factories, office buildings, distribution networks and supply chains, a Reuters survey
found.
    Below are the questions and answers to the poll conducted by Nikkei Research between Oct. 24-Nov. 1 for Reuters. Answers are denoted
in percentage points, while the poll and reply totals are represented in absolute terms.
       
1. Have natural disasters over the past two years affected your business?
 Sectors               Yes         No        Polled     Replied
 All                      76%         24%         503         254
 Manufacturers            71%         29%         254         131
 Non-Manufacturers        82%         18%         249         123
 1a. If you answered yes to question 1, how have the natural disasters affected your business? (Pick as many as you want)   
 Sectors               Damage to     Disruption  Disruption to      Stalling      Changes in demand    Others     Polled      Replied
                    factory, office  to supply    distribution   factory output,   from customers,                           
                       building        chains       networks        shipment           clients                               
 All                            50%         15%             24%              28%                37%         14%         503         191
 Manufacturers                  53%         19%             27%              41%                33%          8%         254          91
 Non-Manufacturers              47%         11%             20%              17%                41%         20%         249         100
 1b. How long did/will it take to recover from the effects of natural disasters? (Pick one)
 Sectors             Within 3 days  Within 1 week    Within 1     Within 6 months  Within 1 year  1 year or more   Polled      Replied
                                                       month                                                                  
 All                           14%            23%            30%              25%             3%              4%         503         184
 Manufacturers                 15%            28%            25%              25%             1%              6%         254          87
 Non-Manufacturers             13%            20%            34%              25%             5%              3%         249          97
 2a. What steps are you considering taking to distribution bases to prepare against natural disasters in future? (Pick as many as needed)
 Sectors            Diversificat  Concentration   Overseas     Others    No particular    Polled     Replied
                        ion                      relocation                  steps                  
 All                         29%             3%          3%         11%            57%         503         241
 Manufacturers               37%             4%          6%         11%            47%         254         129
 Non-Manufacturers           20%             3%          0%         12%            70%         249         112
 2b. What steps are you considering taking to supply chains to prepare against natural disasters in future? (Pick as many as needed)
 Sectors            Diversificati  Concentration   Overseas     Others    No particular    Polled     Replied
                         on                       relocation                  steps                  
 All                          36%             2%          3%          4%            59%         503         239
 Manufacturers                46%             1%          5%          2%            50%         254         125
 Non-Manufacturers            25%             3%          1%          6%            68%         249         114
 3a. The government has earmarked 7 trillion yen in infrastructure spending over three years to make Japan resilient to natural
disasters. Is that amount enough?
 Sectors               Yes          No        Polled     Replied
 All                       43%         57%         503         244
 Manufacturers             42%         58%         254         126
 Non-Manufacturers         43%         57%         249         118
 3b. What areas do you think the government should focus on? (Pick one)
 Sectors             New buildings or        Dam       Putting utility       Refurbishing       Others     Polled      Replied
                    dam reinforcement   reinforcement  poles underground  bridges and other                           
                                                                          old infrastructure                          
 All                                3%            38%                17%                 36%          6%         503         245
 Manufacturers                      1%            37%                17%                 40%          6%         254         126
 Non-Manufacturers                  5%            39%                18%                 32%          6%         249         119
 4a. How do you see front-loading spending ahead of Oct. 1 sales tax hike, compared with the previous tax hike in 2014? (Pick one)
 Sectors            Very small   Somewhat   About the    Somewhat   Very large    Polled     Replied
                                  small        same       large                             
 All                       36%         37%         24%          2%          0%         503         247
 Manufacturers             43%         32%         24%          2%          0%         254         127
 Non-Manufacturers         30%         43%         24%          3%          0%         249         120
 4b. By how much do you expect demand to pull back after the Oct. 1 sales tax hike, compared with the previous tax hike in 2014? (Pick
one)    
 Sectors            Very small   Somewhat   About the    Somewhat   Very large    Polled     Replied
                                  small        same       large                             
 All                       31%         40%         25%          4%          1%         503         248
 Manufacturers             38%         33%         27%          2%          1%         254         127
 Non-Manufacturers         23%         46%         24%          6%          1%         249         121
 5a. What will happen to your company's headcount given the current economic situation and advances in information technology? (Pick one)
 Sectors             Increase      Flat      Decrease     Polled     Replied
 All                       21%         63%         16%         503         246
 Manufacturers             16%         66%         18%         254         125
 Non-Manufacturers         26%         61%         13%         249         121
 5b. What will happen to your company's wage policy given the current economic situation and advances in information technology? (Pick
one)
 Sectors             Increase      Flat      Decrease     Polled     Replied
 All                       34%         62%          4%         503         243
 Manufacturers             34%         62%          4%         254         123
 Non-Manufacturers         34%         63%          3%         249         120
 5c. What will happen to your bonus payment policy given the current economic situation and advances in information technology? (Pick
one)
 Sectors             Increase      Flat      Decrease     Polled     Replied
 All                       24%         71%          5%         503         243
 Manufacturers             26%         67%          7%         254         123
 Non-Manufacturers         22%         74%          4%         249         120
 
 (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Sam Holmes)
  
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