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For Linda Sieg's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

In rural Akita, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will cure ills

Dec 2, 2014

In rural Akita, skeptics doubt 'Abenomics' will cure ills

Mihoko Asaka wants to know how candidates in this month’s election will create jobs and halt the drastic population decline that is bleeding her home region of youth and vitality, but she has little hope they will offer real solutions. Like many of his ...

Expectations mount in Japan for Abe-Xi meeting

| Oct 9, 2014

Expectations mount in Japan for Abe-Xi meeting

Expectations are growing in Japan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for an ice-breaking chat next month, while an aide signaled that Abe may postpone visits to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine that have infuriated Beijing in the past. Any ...

First lady Akie Abe speaks out ahead of consumption tax decision

Sep 4, 2014

First lady Akie Abe speaks out ahead of consumption tax decision

First Lady Akie Abe said Thursday her husband’s administration should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the consumption tax to 10 percent. “Considering the falling birthrate and aging society, it probably can’t be helped,” she ...

'Abenomics' appears headed for trouble as challenges build

Sep 3, 2014

'Abenomics' appears headed for trouble as challenges build

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan for the economy to generate self-sustained growth on the back of his three policy “arrows” of massive monetary easing, spending and reform appears to be faltering — but no magic solution is in sight. Abe’s aides and advisers are ...