Japan's newfound globalization marks a success for Abenomics because it has made Japan strong again both at home and abroad.
For Jesper Koll's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The outlook for Japan in 2019 is bright.
The real issue for the Japanese economy in 2019 is not the tax hike, but how quickly and how determined Team Abe will reassert its promised focus on structural reform.
Make no mistake — good deflation is an integral part of economic management in Japan.
For many reasons, Pax Nipponica or Pax Sinae cannot work. But Pax Sinea-Nipponica would almost certainly be very welcomed by the Asia Pacific region.
Japan's renaissance as the world champion surplus saver and source of financial capital is a key consequence of Abenomics and the domestic economic recovery.
There are solid indications that Japanese service-sector firms are finally beginning to invest in the future.
By targeting Japan's carmakers, the U.S. leadership is aiming directly at the very heart of the nation's economy.
The sooner negotiations with North Korea shift from the threat of war to the potential "win-win" of economic modernization and shared prosperity, the more confident we can be that true peace has been won.
The Japanese economy produces growth and distributes the spoils fairly.