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For Andy Sharp's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

BOJ should ease further, says Abe adviser Honda

/ Mar 10, 2016

BOJ should ease further, says Abe adviser Honda

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 meets ...

Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike

/ Mar 8, 2016

Abenomics losing support with economists and voters alike

Abenomics has not had much impact reviving the fits-and-starts Japanese economy. That is the verdict of nearly two dozen economists canvassed in a new Bloomberg News survey. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's signature domestic policy received an average score of 4.6 points out of 10 for ...

Gay marriage push in Japan faces constitutional barrier

/ Feb 20, 2015

Gay marriage push in Japan faces constitutional barrier

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has fought to alter the Constitution on matters of security, is less eager to oppose its principles when it comes to same-sex marriage. Changing the charter to allow gay marriage would require "extremely cautious consideration," Abe said Wednesday in the ...

Abe taps Shiller insights on breaking 'shrunken mindset'

/ May 20, 2014

Abe taps Shiller insights on breaking 'shrunken mindset'

Three weeks before the consumption tax was increased last month for the first time in 17 years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned to Nobel laureate Robert Shiller to try to restore a vital ingredient of his economic revolution: optimism. Abe met the Yale University professor ...