Tag - government-debt



The Chinese national emblem and flags at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 18.
Dec 21, 2023
China’s move to clip local borrowing puts growth engine at risk
A revamp of the intergovernment debt structure could diminish the fiscal discretion of local leaders and weaken their drive to enact new policies.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 15, 2015
Government plans five-year extension of debt-financing law
The Abe administration plans to extend temporary legislation for five years allowing the government to automatically issue debt to help fund the annual budget without Diet approval, according to government sources.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 18, 2015
Japan's holdings of treasuries dip to lowest level since 2013
Japan's holdings of U.S. Treasuries dipped below $1.2 trillion for the first time since 2013 even as purchases of the government debt accelerated among foreigners as a whole.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 29, 2015
Reflation foes warn Kuroda, 'Abenomics' heading nation toward debt meltdown
Two years after unleashing record monetary stimulus, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and his allies are confronting increasingly vocal opposition from the opponents of reflation who once dominated the policy debate.
May 8, 2015
Japanese government's debt swells to ¥1.053 quadrillion
Japan's debt stood at a record-high ¥1.053 quadrillion ($8.78 trillion) at the end of March, the Finance Ministry said Friday, increasing pressure on the government to take further austerity measures.
Mar 17, 2015
Japan's accounting problem
Japan's 'lost decades' were not quite as disastrous as commonly assumed.
Mar 3, 2015
The government's fiscal road map
The Abe administration's forthcoming fiscal rehabilitation plan may give clues as to whether it is serious about getting the government's fiscal house in order.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2014
How Japan's economy put itself out to pasture
Simply put, Japan is a bankrupt nation, even as gross domestic product outgrows that of the U.S. economy on a per capita basis.
Dec 5, 2014
The elephant in the room
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone the second phase of the consumption tax hike may be popular with much of the electorate, but it would be unfortunate if the decision diverts people's attention from the nation's real fiscal plight.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 25, 2014
Abe consumption tax backfiring with more debt, not less
What started as a plan to reduce the national debt is turning into a reason to issue more bonds.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 29, 2014
Finance to set up JGB division dedicated to overseas sales
The Finance Ministry will launch a division in July dedicated to promoting sales of Japanese government bonds overseas because the amount of outstanding bonds is building, ministry officials said Tuesday.
Feb 10, 2014
Debt soars to record over double 2012 GDP
The government's debt stood at ¥1.0179 quadrillion at the end of December, breaking its previous record of ¥1.0112 quadrillion set just three months earlier, the Finance Ministry said Monday.
Feb 9, 2014
China's credit boom raises flags on risk levels
The growth of credit in China at a breakneck pace, including the spike in local-government debt by 70 percent since 2009, is raising serious concerns about the level of risk in China's financial system.
May 6, 2013
Austerity era appears over (for now)
Something remarkable has happened in the last few weeks. It looks like world financial leaders are focusing on too few jobs instead of the risks from government debt.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world