Koichi Hamada

For Koichi Hamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Optimize the troubled eurozone

Nov 4, 2014

Optimize the troubled eurozone

Europe's leaders must recognize that the eurozone, as currently constituted, is larger than Europe's optimal currency area. Some member countries — certainly Greece, and probably Italy and Spain — need an independent monetary policy.

Sep 7, 2014

Last round for Abenomics

It is time for Japan's leaders to shift from the demand-focused first and second arrows of "Abenomics" to the supply-oriented third arrow: a new growth strategy.

Jul 1, 2014

Abe's economic bull's-eye

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled the so-called third arrow of what has come to be known as Abenomics. It involves the removal of obstacles to growth for business, particularly the easing of regulatory barriers. Expect some officials to resist this initiative.

May 2, 2014

Ending Asia's zero-sum games

Perhaps if Asia's leaders viewed East Asia's rapid economic transformation, geopolitical dynamics and historical animosities like a recenlty arrived space alien, they would see what they need to do to halt the dangerous trends.

Dec 17, 2013

So far, so good for 'Abenomics'

Give the first year of "Abenomics" an "E" for effort, as the "third arrow" of the plan — long-term growth strategy — cannot yet be fairly assessed. Hopefully bureaucratic resistance to deregulation will soften in the coming year.