Internet sales, 39 (Japanese)
Businesses are getting better, and at least finance types are strong. But in my business salaries are not going up. People are starting to use more money but that seems a little strange, premature, don’t you think? We need to be alert for problems.
Housewife, 35 (Malaysian)
I’m not sure it’s that different from what they did before. I’m worried about how to pay for the liquidity being pumped into the market. It comes from the Bank of Japan but eventually the people will have to pay, and the strategy will not likely have a different result than before.
High school teacher, 43 (Canadian)
Its unrealistic, I don’t believe in it. [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe is following an inflation time frame that isn’t possible. Anything to do with the economy of Japan tends to take twice as long as elsewhere. The bureaucracy will always weighs things down.
Librarian, 45 (Japanese)
Abe wants to raise consumption tax to 8 percent next April. They need the GDP to go up 2 to 3 percent this year for that to happen. Stocks are going up but debts are growing, too. This will help rich stockholders but hurt poorer homeowners.
Associate professor, 47 (American)
The Keynesian idea of printing money is a bit dangerous in the long term. If Abe can make it work in the short term, I’ll be happy. People on fixed incomes don’t want inflation, of course, but business owners are able to be more competitive.
Housewife, 53 (Japanese)
My husband’s stocks are up so he’s very happy. But mine are down, so for me, not so much. So using the stock market is like gambling. We don’t know if Abenomics will really do much for the future yet.
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