| Aug 5, 2016

Abe's latest team faces familiar but daunting task

The biggest economic challenge facing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new Cabinet is all too familiar: how to put the economy on the path to private sector-led growth and overcome deflation. “The government and the Bank of Japan will work in a unified manner to ...

Aug 2, 2016

IMF backs labor, tax reforms to boost Abenomics

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should step up efforts to revamp the labor market, encourage businesses to raise wages and restore the nation’s debt-ridden finances through consumption tax increases as part of efforts to spur the flagging Abenomics policy mix, the International ...

Aug 1, 2016

Abe aide Hamada favors Japan proclaiming debt-monetizing policy

One of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top advisers says he favors a declaration by Japan’s policymakers that their current measures are monetizing the nation’s debt. Some people say that Japan has “already adopted ad hoc monetization of debt, and that to improve public confidence ...

Jul 26, 2016

Penny-pinching Japanese households spend less on having fun

Whether it is the young or the old, Japanese consumers are spending less on fun, and that is bad news for Abenomics. With many pensioners on fixed incomes focused on buying the essentials, and a growing number of workers in their 20s and early ...