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July 31, 2017

Writing Fiscal Responsibility into the Social Contract

As the Abe cabinet eyes corporate-level reforms to spur growth, economist Keiichiro Kobayashi suggests that the real source of Japan’s ...

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June 15, 2017

Two Decades of Stalled Reform
Why the Government’s Growth Strategies All Look the Same

As the Abe cabinet rolls out yet another economic growth strategy, the Tokyo Foundation’s Takeo Hoshi argues that the recycling ...

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February 21, 2017

The Japanese Economy in 2017 (2)
Bumps on the Road to Deregulation and Free Trade

In the second half of a dialogue on Japan’s economic outlook in the coming year, two Tokyo Foundation economists discuss ...

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February 20, 2017

The Japanese Economy in 2017 (1)
Is Abenomics Working?

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing daunting challenges in 2017 as it continues its struggle to revitalize ...

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October 11, 2016

What Abenomics Is Missing
Structural Reforms Needed for Economic Revival

The BOJ’s quantitative and qualitative easing policy has helped to lift the Japanese economy out of deflation, but unless wages ...

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July 08, 2016

Coalition Victory Unlikely to Lead to Constitutional Amendment

The LDP-Komeito coalition is expected to win big in the July 10 upper house election, but even if it secures ...

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June 30, 2016

“Silver Democracy” Likely Winner in July Election

Although Japan has lowered the voting age in advance of the July 10 House of Councillors election, the participation of ...

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October 08, 2015

Abe’s Hollow Victory?
Public Uproar over Collective Self-Defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe achieved a cherished policy goal with the September 19, 2015, passage of security legislation revising the ...

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December 25, 2014

Japan’s Thorny Path to Fiscal Consolidation

Although Prime Minister Abe’s decision to postpone the planned hike in the consumption tax was popular with voters, resulting in ...

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October 29, 2014

“Japan is Back,” Including a New Defence Posture

Prime Minister Abe has been forcefully advancing a foreign policy and security agenda, visiting a record 49 countries, creating a ...

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