Commentary / Japan Mar 4, 2013

Kuroda should keep his wits on Abe's doorstep

by William Pesek

As president of the Manila-based Asian Development Bank, Haruhiko Kuroda spent the past seven years confronting the challenges posed by 48 diverse, dynamic and complex Asia-Pacific economies. If he thought that was hard work, consider what awaits him in Tokyo as he prepares to ...

Business Feb 18, 2013

'Abenomics' turn Aso into celebrity

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 financial leaders' meeting, Finance Minister Taro Aso found himself sought out by many of his counterparts, who expressed a keen interest in Japan's economic and monetary policies, a government source said. Attending his first G-20 gathering as ...

Commentary / Japan Feb 18, 2013

Third branch of Abenomics

Fiscal and monetary policies will do little to stimulate economic growth in Japan. So, it is time for a strategy to encourage private-sector investments.

Commentary / Japan Feb 7, 2013

'Abenomic' hopes and fears

by Shinji Fukukawa

"Abenomics" is now a buzzword at home and abroad. Even before taking office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had strongly demanded that the Bank of Japan take action to end deflation and set an inflation target that would drive the yen lower. He had gone so ...