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For Sayuri Shirai's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan's benchmark Nikkei index is on a roll, having broken its bubble-era record last week.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 27, 2024
What explains the recent surge in Japanese stock prices?
Japan needs for increase domestic capital investment, technological innovation and sound risk-taking to improve long-term competitiveness.
The Bank of Japan's headquarters in Tokyo
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 19, 2023
The Bank of Japan faces a monetary policy conundrum
The BOJ may need to interpret the 2% price stability target more flexibly.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 23, 2023
BOJ faces monetary policy challenges amid an inflationary environment
The BOJ with its monetary policies must navigate various structural issues, including population decline, aging and geopolitical tensions to achieve its desired price stability.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 23, 2023
Will the new BOJ chief choose to maintain the status quo?
After 10 years of monetary easing under BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, all eyes will be watching the central bank’s next steps under its new chief, Kazuo Ueda.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 24, 2023
Can the BOJ's next governor resist calls to exit the ultraeasy monetary policy?
While Ueda will surely maintain the current policy for the time being, it is not clear whether he will take the risk of normalizing the monetary easing policy during his governorship.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 22, 2022
Why is the Swiss franc still a safe-haven currency?
While other leading safe-haven currencies have taken a hit as of late, the Swiss franc keeps going strong.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 21, 2022
Inflation, oil prices and the yen: What’s behind the BOJ’s tack?
Japanu2019s inflation rate is around 1%, one of the lowest in the world. Why is Japan, which has been battling deflation for two decades, still the exception even as global inflation is rising?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 13, 2021
Will closer monetary-fiscal policy coordination lead to fiscal dominance?
As yield curves are already so flattened, central banks may need to rely more on reducing their holdings of government bonds to prevent an inversion of the yield curve.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 16, 2021
Will TSE reforms boost Japan's corporate value?
In a bid to attract more long-term investors, Japan plans to reform its primary stock market.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 15, 2021
Time for Tokyo to become a leading hub of green finance
With investor interest in sustainable finance growing globally, Japan is encountering a rare opportunity to turn Tokyo into one of the leading green financial hubs in Asia.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 7, 2021
Bank of Japan policy hurts sustainable finance
An expansion of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investment and a sustainable finance market is essential for Japanu2019s economy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 6, 2020
Changes afoot in the world of central banking
Further monetary easing may become inevitable for the U.S. Fed to make inflation targeting effective, and for the ECB to justify greater emphasis on the environment.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 14, 2020
Time for Japan to present a credible energy policy
The nation should not miss the opportunity to restructure its economic and energy-consumption structure for future generations.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 8, 2020
BOJ’s monetary easing lags behind U.S. and European central banks
Monetary easing measures adopted by the Bank of Japan lack boldness.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 3, 2020
Fiscal stimulus can ease the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy
Prompt actions by governments could help prevent the collapse of affected firms and individuals.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 20, 2019
China's digital currency could threaten dollar's dominance
China's central bank digital currency may boost the internationalization of the yuan.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 6, 2019
Trump aims to use trade deal to win election
Japan continues to find ways to please Trump while avoiding a worst case scenario for Japan's economy.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 9, 2019
Can MMT be Japan's savior?
Modern Monetary Theory may not be able to solve the nation's complicated long-standing structural problems.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 26, 2019
Japan's labor shortage and low-wage puzzle
Why does wage growth remain sluggish despite Japan's growing labor shortage?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 14, 2019
Japan's growing debt divergence
The BOJ may have no choice but to end up providing permanent government support to avoid painful fiscal consolidation.

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