The forces shaping the global slowdown predate both the U.S. president and his Chinese counterpart. The solution will take more than handshakes.
For Daniel Moss's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Ministers mouth the right words, but aren't empowered to solve what ails the global economy.
A higher levy would undermine the Bank of Japan's ability to consider additional stimulus.
The IMF's latest numbers show a worrisome trajectory, but they aren't terrible.
There's been talk of weakening support for Japan's price-increase target. Far from abandoning it, the BOJ should double down to change psychology.
A decades-old economic model needs reappraisal as the global downdraft causes trade-reliant economies to reel.
Finance Minister Taro Aso bought Haruhiko Kuroda time to reach that elusive 2 percent inflation target, but this isn't where the BOJ head wants to be.
China's slowdown may provide an excuse to shelve next October's scheduled increase.
A rebound in fourth-quarter GDP may disappoint idealists, but the fact that the economy is treading water is pretty good these days.
The BOJ's radical monetary policy is marking its 20-year anniversary. Raise a glass to the experiment replicated around the world.