Jul 8, 2014

Japan's innovation challenge

by Shinji Fukukawa

The Abe administration's capacity for deciding how to raise the birthrate, improve child-care facilities, realize an appropriae work-life balance and promote other "innovations" that enable Japan to solve its many problems is now being tested.

Jul 1, 2014

Abe's economic bull's-eye

by Koichi Hamada

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.

Jun 24, 2014

Funding the corporate tax cut

The Abe administration's decision to cut corporate taxes as a key feature of its economic growth strategy doesn't indicate how a fiscally weak government will make up the lost tax revenue even as households face another consumption tax hike next year.

May 22, 2014

Risks for the economy

Japan's gross domestic product for January-March increases by a higher-than-expected 1.5 percent from the previous quarter, driven partly by last-minute purchases by consumers ahead of the three-percentage-point hike in the consumption tax April 1.

May 20, 2014

Shrinking current account surplus

Japan's current account surplus for fiscal 2013 falls sharply from the peak reached just six years ago, indicating that the old export-driven model of economic growth may be over.

May 1, 2014

Beyond the OECD challenge

As Japan celebrates 50 years of membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has seen Japan rise to one of the world's largest economies, the nation needs to respond to some tough challenges of its own.

Feb 28, 2014

Problems with 'Abenomics'

by Gregory Clark

The economic recovery we see in Japan now is almost entirely due to the massive 30 percent depreciation of the yen. We are back to the "structural reform" vicious circle of the Koizumi years.

Feb 7, 2014

Key index rises on rosy profits

The key index of indicators designed to show the current state of the economy rose in December to its highest level in more than five years as companies boosted production and tried to increase employment as their profits recovered, the government said Friday. The ...

Jan 17, 2014

A vision for Japan's future

by Shinji Fukukawa

Thanks to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" initiative for national economic recovery, Japan's economy as well as its currency and stock markets started the New Year on a positive note for the first time in a long while.

Aug 2, 2013

Public debt situation worries IMF

The International Monetary Fund expressed concern Thursday about the fiscal situation in Japan, where public debt keeps soaring. Simulations by the IMF “suggest that global output losses could reach 2 percent of GDP” if Japan is “exposed to a reconsideration of sovereign risk by ...