Mar 11, 2016

Abe economic adviser Honda appointed ambassador to Switzerland

A key economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who has been a strong advocate of monetary stimulus will become Japan’s ambassador to Switzerland, according to a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday. Etsuro Honda, 61, a former Finance Ministry bureaucrat ...

BOJ should ease further, says Abe adviser Honda

Mar 10, 2016

BOJ should ease further, says Abe adviser Honda

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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 ...

Dec 28, 2015

Abe economic adviser in line for ambassadorial role

The Abe administration is considering appointing Etsuro Honda, a special adviser to the Cabinet, as an ambassador, probably to a European country, according to government sources. The appointment won’t be officially made until next month at the soonest, the sources said Sunday. Honda has ...

Aug 28, 2014

Additional sales tax hike difficult decision for Abe: adviser

Japan’s additional consumption tax hike planned for next year is a hard decision for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make, given a slowdown in the nation’s economic recovery, one of his advisers said Wednesday. Etsuro Honda, a special adviser on economic affairs, also indicated ...

Aug 18, 2013

Adviser to Abe urges gradual raising of levy

Kyodo A special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday the 3-point hike in the sales tax next April will cause a drastic decline in consumption and suggested that it instead be raised by 1 point a year for five years. “The economic ...