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November 09, 2017

Advance Planning for Fiscal Insolvency

With a fiscal deficit more than twice its gross domestic product and a rapidly aging society, Japan needs a Plan ...

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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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May 01, 2017

Tapping into Senior Power
A More Balanced Approach to Fiscal Sustainability

An economist and social security expert questions the economic orthodoxy of boosting taxes and cutting benefits as the key to ...

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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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August 25, 2016

To Revive the Economy, Empower the Middle Class
Redistribution as the Key to Revitalization

In a recent piece in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Shigeki Morinobu calls for a working tax credit and other measures ...

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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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June 22, 2015

China’s 2015 Economic Roadmap

How worried is Beijing about the slowing economy, and what can it do to regain lost momentum while controlling risk? ...

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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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July 29, 2013

Xi’s Economic Agenda: The Stimulus Dilemma

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has warned against overreliance on government stimulus measures even as the economic recovery falters. Probing beneath ...

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July 11, 2013

Election 2013: Promise and Perils of an LDP Landslide

Experts are predicting a big win for the ruling LDP when Japanese voters head to the polls July 21 for ...

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