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November 27, 2018

Cushioning the Consumption-Tax Increase
The Triumph of Politics over Policy

Shigeki Morinobu laments the political bargaining behind the government’s ill-advised shift to a dual-rate consumption tax, while calling for intelligently ...

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July 25, 2017

Honebuto 2017: More Empty Promises?

While Abenomics is aimed at triggering growth and distributing its benefits throughout society, people’s anxiety has only grown as Prime ...

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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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April 11, 2016

The False Promise of Reduced Consumption-Tax Rates
A Plea for Targeted Credits

The government’s plan to exempt food and drink from the consumption-tax hike scheduled for April 2017 is a serious mistake, ...

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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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November 21, 2013

Japan’s Agriculture and the TPP

Japanese agriculture is in a dire state, and misguided agricultural policies are partly to blame, states Senior Fellow Yutaka Harada. ...

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November 08, 2013

Raising the Consumption Tax Rate

Prime Minister Abe’s “three arrows” are helping lift the Japanese economy from decades of paralyzing deflation. In recently announcing that ...

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November 14, 2012

Dissecting the Tax Schemes of Japan's "Third Force" (2)

In the second of a two-part series on the Japan Restoration Party's tax platform, Shigeki Morinobu explores the optimum forms ...

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November 05, 2012

Dissecting the Tax Schemes of Japan's "Third Force" (1)

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's drive to transform public administration in Japan has drawn renewed attention since his party went national ...

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October 12, 2012

Aging and Social Security in Japan

Japan’s social security system, built when the country enjoyed high growth and aging was not yet a problem, is too ...

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