Japan | Credit Rating

Standard & Poor's credit rating for Japan stands at A+ with stable outlook. Moody's credit rating for Japan was last set at A1 with stable outlook. Fitch's credit rating for Japan was last reported at A with stable outlook. DBRS's credit rating for Japan is A with stable outlook. In general, a credit rating is used by sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other investors to gauge the credit worthiness of Japan thus having a big impact on the country's borrowing costs. This page includes the government debt credit rating for Japan as reported by major credit rating agencies.



AgencyRatingOutlookDate
FitchA Stable Apr 27 2017
DBRSA Stable Dec 28 2016
FitchA Negative Jun 13 2016
TE78 Stable Apr 16 2016
DBRSA (high) Negative Nov 30 2015
S&PA+ Stable Sep 16 2015
FitchA Stable Apr 27 2015
FitchA+ Negative Watch Dec 09 2014
Moody'sA1 Stable Dec 01 2014
DBRSA (high) Stable Nov 20 2013
FitchA+ Negative May 22 2012
Moody'sAa3 Stable Aug 24 2011
Moody'sAa2 Negative Watch May 31 2011
FitchAA Negative May 27 2011
S&PAA- Negative Apr 26 2011
Moody'sAa2 Negative Feb 22 2011
S&PAA- Stable Jan 27 2011
S&PAA Negative Jan 26 2010
Moody'sAa2 Stable May 18 2009
S&PAA Stable Apr 22 2007
Moody'sAaa Positive Jun 01 2006
S&PAA- Positive May 23 2006
FitchAA Stable May 09 2005
Moody'sAaa Stable Apr 07 2004
S&PAA- Stable Mar 23 2004
Moody'sAa1 Stable May 30 2002
S&PAA- Negative Apr 15 2002
S&PAA Negative Nov 27 2001
FitchAA Negative Nov 26 2001
S&PAA+ Negative Sep 11 2001
FitchAA+ Negative Mar 02 2001
S&PAA+ Stable Feb 22 2001
FitchAA+ Stable Sep 21 2000
Moody'sAa1 Negative Nov 16 1998
FitchAAA Negative Watch Sep 01 1998
Moody'sAaa Negative Watch Jul 23 1998
Moody'sAaa Negative Apr 02 1998
FitchAAA N/A Aug 10 1994
S&PAAA Stable Jun 26 1989
Moody'sAaa Stable Oct 01 1981
S&PAAA N/A Feb 28 1975
S&PBBB N/A Jan 22 1959


 S&PMoody'sFitchDBRSTE
B+ B1 35
BBB BBB 65
B- B2 B 41
B+ B2 B B 15
B1 B+ 43
BBB+ BBB- 63
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 97
AA+ Aa1 AA+ AAA 96
BB+ Ba2 BB+ 55
BB+ Baa3 65
B+ B1 BB+ 60
BB- Ba3 BB- 40
CCC+ Caa3 53
B Caa1 B- 25
AA Aa3 AA- AA (high) 88
B- B3 25
N/A N/A 30
A+ A2 N/A 91
BB Ba3 BB- 38
B B3 28
A- A2 73
BB Ba2 BB BB 34
BBB- Baa2 BBB 53
B 30
N/A B2 30
B B2 B 30
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 99
B B 35
Aa3 85
A+ Aa3 A N/A 78
A+ A1 A+ A (high) 80
BBB- Baa2 BBB BBB 52
CCC+ B3 25
BB- Ba2 BB 50
BB Ba2 BB 45
Caa2 20
BB+ Ba3 BB BB (low) 36
AA- A1 A+ 81
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
BB- Ba3 BB- 36
B- B3 B 29
B- B3 B 28
CCC+ Caa1 B- 41
AA- A1 A+ AA (low) 81
B B1 B 31
AA AAA 99
B+ Ba3 33
AA+ Aa1 AA+ AA (high) 96
AA Aa2 AA AAA 90
N/A B3 B 40
BB- Ba2 BB- 38
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
B- B3 B 31
B- Caa2 B- CCC (high) 10
SD
BB- Ba1 BB 49
BB- B1 33
AA+ Aa2 AA+ 95
BBB- Baa3 BBB- 47
A A3 A 55
BBB- Baa2 BBB- BBB 48
BBB- Baa3 BBB- 46
B- Caa1 B- 25
A+ A2 A+ A (high) 70
N/A Aa2 98
A+ A1 A+ 76
BBB Baa2 BBB BBB (high) 60
Ba3 B+ 38
B B3 B 24
A+ A1 A A 78
B+ B1 45
BBB- Baa3 BBB 61
B+ B1 B+ 20
AA Aa2 AA 90
NR B2 30
A- A3 A- A (low) 69
B- B3 B- 31
B+ 40
AAA 100
A- A3 A- A (low) 69
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
Aa3 AA- 88
BB- BB 48
A- A3 A- 66
B2 B+
A- A3 A+ A 74
Baa1 65
BBB+ A3 BBB+ BBB (high) 60
B3 25
B- Caa1 B- 36
B+ B1 40
BBB- 55
BBB- Ba1 BBB- 54
SD Caa3 CC 30
Ba1 BB+ 55
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
AA Aaa AA 90
B+ B2 B+ 33
B B2 B+ 28
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 99
BB Baa2 BBB- 78
B B3 B 19
BBB Baa2 BBB 60
B+ B2 35
BB Ba1 BB 41
BBB+ A3 BBB+ N/A 60
BBB Baa2 BBB 53
BBB+ A2 A- A 67
BBB- Ba1 BBB BBB (low) 44
D 0
AA- Aa3 AA- 87
CCC+ B3 CC 30
BBB- Baa3 BBB- 52
BB+ Ba1 BBB- 43
B B2 B+ 30
BBB- 65
A- A1 A+ 86
B+ Ba3 35
BB- Ba3 BB 36
BB- 30
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 98
A+ A2 A+ A (high) 80
A+ Baa1 A- A 61
B3 25
BB Baa3 BB+ 49
AA Aa2 AA- 84
BBB+ Baa2 BBB+ A (low) 62
B+ B1 B+ 38
B3 25
B B1 B- 39
B2
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 99
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
AA- Aa3 AA- 82
B- B3
BBB+ Baa1 BBB+ 63
BBB+ Ba1 68
BB- B1 B+ 44
BB Ba1 BB+ BB (high) 44
B B2 B+ 33
B- Caa2 B- 15
AA Aa2 AA 90
AA Aa2 AA AAA 95
AA+ Aaa AAA AAA 97
BBB Baa2 BBB- BBB (low) 56
SD Caa3 RD 5
BB- B1 BB- 29
B B3 B 34


Ratings

TE S&P Moody's Fitch DBRS Description
100 AAA Aaa AAA AAA Prime
95 AA+ Aa1 AA+ AA (high) High grade
90 AA Aa2 AA AA
85 AA- Aa3 AA- AA (low)
80 A+ A1 A+ A (high) Upper medium grade
75 A A2 A A
70 A- A3 A- A (low)
65 BBB+ Baa1 BBB+ BBB (high) Lower medium grade
60 BBB Baa2 BBB BBB
55 BBB- Baa3 BBB- BBB (low)
50 BB+ Ba1 BB+ BB (high) Non-investment grade
speculative
45 BB Ba2 BB BB
40 BB- Ba3 BB- BB (low)
35 B+ B1 B+ B (high) Highly speculative
30 B B2 B B
25 B- B3 B- B (low)
20 CCC+ Caa1 CCC CCC (high) Substantial risks
15 CCC Caa2 CCC Extremely speculative
10 CCC- Caa3 CCC (low) In default with little
prospect for recovery
  CC Ca CC
5 C C C
0 D / DDD   In default
/ DD D
D
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