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Japan Inc to keep up investment despite trade war worries

Companies look to spend 9.9% more this year but pace is slowing, survey shows

Japanese companies look to increase investment in automation and other measures to address the country's labor shortage.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese companies across all industries plan to boost capital investment, increasing spending on automation and other labor-saving technologies, according to a survey conducted by Nikkei Inc.

The fiscal 2019 capital investment trend survey covered 1,064 companies, which include major non-listed companies capitalized at 100 million yen (about $920,000) or more as well as listed companies.

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