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January 29, 2018

Getting Down-to-Earth about Work-Style Reform

As the Diet takes up legislation designed to change Japanese “work styles” and curtail excessive overtime, labor expert Ryo Kambayashi ...

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January 22, 2018

Japan’s Economic Outlook in 2018 and Beyond
An Interview with Takeo Hoshi

Economist Takeo Hoshi, chair of the board of the Tokyo Foundation, talks about the successes of Abenomics, prospects for economic ...

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December 07, 2017

Abenomics and the Elusive Trickle Down

Despite a steadily growing economy, the promised trickle-down effect has yet to materialize, with newly created wealth being amassed mainly ...

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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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