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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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April 06, 2017

What a Border Adjustment Tax Will and Will Not Do

Often mistakenly considered a protectionist measure, a border adjustment tax, argues Takeo Hoshi, is actually not a trade-distorting mechanism but ...

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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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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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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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February 18, 2013

Assessing the LDP’s Tax Reforms

One of the first acts of the Liberal Democratic Party upon winning the December 2012 general election was to convene ...

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February 14, 2012

A Rubric for Comprehensive Tax Reform

There is more to tax reform than consumption tax hikes, although one would never know it from the commentary the ...

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April 05, 2011

Financing Reconstruction with a Solidarity Tax

Facing tsunami recovery costs totaling at least 20 trillion yen, the Japanese government must convince the world of its ability ...

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May 21, 2010

The Urgent Task of Lowering Japan’s Corporate Tax Rate

Japan must consider lowering its corporate tax rate, which is among the highest in the world, to protect jobs and ...

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