Personal consumption is the engine of the Japanese economy, accounting for 60% of its GDP. The trend will determine tomorrow's economic climate in the country. In other words, whether Japanese economy is going to be healthy depends on how people spend money.
Do people in Japan spend more money than they did in the past? The heatmap below answers the question. It visualizes the monthly Index of Consumption Expenditure Level over the past 35 years. Thick color means higher consumption level, and vice versa.