The practice of kakeibo came into vogue a few years back. Typically translated as “household financial ledger” and often intellectualized as an “art,” kakeibo is a lifestyle adjustment plan, whereby consumers get thrifty and consider more mindful spending habits to save a few extra yen during times of inflation, tax hikes, recessions and other economic downturns. Though kakeibo is essentially just cutting back on unnecessary costs, it and other money-saving techniques are finding purchase in the current economic climate.

Recently plunging to a 24-year-low against the dollar (with similar dips against the pound and the euro), the yen has lost 18% of its value against the world’s most traded currency this year. This coincided with rising inflation at home — consumer prices rose over 2.5% year-on-year in May — sparked by a variety of factors, including post-pandemic recovery, global supply chain shortages and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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