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Heizo Takenaka
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 7, 2021
What’s behind Japan’s ambivalence about Kishida
Kishida has toed a cautious line on almost everything, raising questions about how he will actually deliver on his policies.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 11, 2021
Will Japan’s economy improve in 2021?
The Japanese economy is slowly recovering. In the second quarter of 2020, GDP growth rate was a grim -28%. The third quarter showed a recovery of 23%, but there are still many problems.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 25, 2020
The post-COVID-19 industrial revitalization
There's still no end in sight for the pandemic crisis, but as Japan's economy averts a worst-case scenario, how to revitalize its industries is becoming a major issue.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 13, 2020
Getting 'Suganomics' on track: Three points to gauge PM's progress
The new Japanese government will be successful if early and small successes can be achieved to give it momentum.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 21, 2020
Macroeconomic challenges amid the COVID-19 crisis
The government faces a difficult road ahead in guiding the economy through all the twists and turns of the pandemic.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 31, 2020
Japan's post-pandemic information technology challenges
A 'shock therapy' policy that identifies clear targets and timelines, and implements reforms in one go, is needed to push forward Japan's digital transformation.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 26, 2020
Japan’s structural problems exposed by COVID-19 crisis
A crisis exposes the contradiction inherent in a society in various forms. That is an important lesson from history. The confusion caused by the COVID-19 crisis has brought various problems of Japanese society into focus. But that also means an opportunity to drastically reform society in one go. It...
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 27, 2020
The right economic response to the COVID-19 crisis
Extraordinary measures are needed.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 26, 2020
Coronavirus crisis exposes Japan’s strength and weakness
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely prompt Japan to fully embrace the digital shift.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 25, 2020
Now is the time for Japan to make a digital shift
The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that Japan lags far behind other countries in putting new digital technologies to actual use.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 3, 2020
Reforming Japan's social security system
Rebuilding Japan's fiscal health will be impossible without overhauling the social security system.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 24, 2020
Take a fresh look at intangible assets
A key challenge for the economy going forward is to how to invigorate Japanese firms' investments in intangible assets.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 27, 2019
Nurture Japan's strength to innovate
Japan is lagging behind many other countries when it comes to innovation.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 29, 2019
What Japan's next stimulus package should aim for
The government's challenge will be to put together a spending package that shores up consumer spending and increases the economy's growth potential.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 31, 2019
Questions over raising minimum wages
The adoption of a social security policy for the purpose of a competition policy must be avoided.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 4, 2019
New Cabinet's must-do economic policies
The Cabinet must pursue management of the economy that will achieve near-term stimulus and medium- to long-term growth.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 29, 2019
Break the bureaucrats' grip on policy power
Despite past reforms, the bureaucracy continues to wield strong influence over policy decisions today.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 29, 2019
Managing the economy in a slowdown
The Abe administration has secured a stable political footing, but is now confronted with major challenges in its economic policies.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 25, 2019
Politicians must address retirement concerns
The government needs to make information about the public pension system more transparent and easy to understand.
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 29, 2019
The high cost of the U.S.-China confrontation
Japan must not underestimate the cost that the U.S.-China confrontation could bring.

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