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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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August 26, 2014

Abenomics 2014: Expanded Content, More Uncertainty

The revised New Growth Strategy released in June has brought the “third arrow” of Abenomics into sharper focus, revealing an ...

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August 06, 2014

Rethinking Personal Tax Exemptions to Mobilize Women’s Power

Replacing the spousal exemption for personal income tax can correct systemic biases with regard to family work patterns and encourage ...

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