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 ...

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

Jul 30, 2016

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

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After more than three years of pumping out cheap money that has failed to secure its inflation target, the Bank of Japan has signaled a rethink. Instead of buying yet more government bonds, cutting interest rates or pushing further into uncharted territory, the BOJ ...

A dark age dawns for politics in Japan

| Jul 23, 2016

A dark age dawns for politics in Japan

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“Historic,” that much-overused word, seems almost acceptable as a description of the Upper House elections earlier this month that gave Japan — for the first time in its postwar history — a government strong enough to get serious about rewriting the Constitution. Arguably other ...