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For Andy Sharp's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

BOJ should ease further, says Abe adviser Honda

Mar 10, 2016

BOJ should ease further, says Abe adviser Honda

The Bank of Japan should use a combination of a more-negative benchmark rate and enlarged asset purchases “sometime, before long” to help the economy, according to Etsuro Honda, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “But maybe not next week,” when the BOJ next ...

Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike

Mar 8, 2016

Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike

Abenomics has not had much impact reviving the fits-and-starts Japanese economy. That is the verdict of nearly two dozen economists canvassed in a new Bloomberg News survey. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s signature domestic policy received an average score of 4.6 points out of 10 ...

Gay marriage push in Japan faces constitutional barrier

Feb 20, 2015

Gay marriage push in Japan faces constitutional barrier

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has fought to alter the Constitution on matters of security, is less eager to oppose its principles when it comes to same-sex marriage. Changing the charter to allow gay marriage would require “extremely cautious consideration,” Abe said Wednesday in ...

Abe taps Shiller insights on breaking 'shrunken mindset'

May 20, 2014

Abe taps Shiller insights on breaking 'shrunken mindset'

Three weeks before the consumption tax was increased last month for the first time in 17 years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned to Nobel laureate Robert Shiller to try to restore a vital ingredient of his economic revolution: optimism. Abe met the Yale University ...

Jan 27, 2014

As games loom, barriers for foreign workers show cracks

Japan’s barriers to foreign labor are showing signs of cracking as preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics threaten to exacerbate the worst shortage of construction workers in almost 20 years. Curbs on visas for foreign blue-collar workers may be loosened, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide ...