Tokyo stock prices are at fifteen-year highs, but Japanese corporations remain pessimistic about the country's growth potential as Abenomics has fallen short of expectations, analysts say.
"The demographics are negative – Japan is a super-aging society, not a growth market," Fujitsu Research Institute senior economist Martin Schulz told CNBC by phone on Friday. "Japanese corporations have adapted and their strategy is to look for growth overseas."
More than two years after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power, a sharply weaker yen has boosted profits at blue chip exporters, spurring a sharp stock rally. But a recent government survey confirmed that Japan Inc remains pessimistic about the outlook for economic growth.
More companies plan to hold back from new capital investments, this year's survey showed; the proportion planning new investments over the next three years was down 1.9 percentage points on-year, at 64.5 percent.
"Companies still do not believe in Abenomics," said Mizuho Research Institute chief economist Hajime Takata in a note published on Friday. "After fifteen years of deflation, corporate Japan's mindset remains conservative," he added by email.
Expectations and reality
Still, while the broader economy is struggling to recover from the three percentage point consumption tax increase in April 2014 that tipped the economy into a technical recession, many of Japan's blue chip corporations are thriving on a weaker yen.