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For James Mayger's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Five years of Abenomics: The good, the bad and the sluggish

Business / Economy Dec 27, 2017

Five years of Abenomics: The good, the bad and the sluggish

Five years since Shinzo Abe came to power, the economy is much stronger, but still falls short of the revolution he pledged to deliver. Aggressive monetary policy has beaten back the deflationary malaise of previous decades and the weak yen is boosting exports, corporate profits ...

Kuroda says BOJ purchase pace to continue for some time

Business / Economy Apr 21, 2017

Kuroda says BOJ purchase pace to continue for some time

The Bank of Japan will continue with very accommodative monetary policy and maintain the current pace of asset purchases for some time, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said in an interview. While Japan's economy is doing better than expected a few months ago, the inflation rate is ...

BOJ faces new challenges when stimulus measures end

Business / Economy Mar 21, 2017

BOJ faces new challenges when stimulus measures end

While Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has underscored how much work still lies ahead, when the central bank does finally hit its inflation target and exits stimulus, it is likely to face huge balance sheet losses. Kuroda has brushed off the need to discuss ...

Wages rise, hours fall for part-time workers

Business Nov 25, 2016

Wages rise, hours fall for part-time workers

Over the last 10 years, Japan's 14 million part-time workers cut their working hours by more than 6 percent. They now work about 4.5 hours a day. That's a blow to a country that's struggling with a declining population, and to a government seeking to ...