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Abenomics describes the plans of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revive growth in the world’s third largest economy, which is struggling to find traction under the impact of a strong yen and stubborn deflation. 

Carry trade sees Japanese inflows to Asia hit record 1.82 trillion yen

Nomura Holdings predicts Japanese investors will inject US$34 billion into Asian stocks and bonds over the next two years. Photo: AP

Japanese investors are buying Asian assets like never before as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies make the yen a lucrative means to fund bets on regional growth.

Saturday, 29 November, 2014, 6:18am

Japan's lacklustre data deals blow to Abe growth push

Japanese inflation came in at 2.9 per cent in October compared with a year earlier, slowing from 3 per cent in September. Photo: AFP

Japan released a string of lacklustre economic data yesterday with inflation hitting its lowest level for more than a year, dealing another blow to attempts to conquer years of falling prices and tepid growth.

29 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

Can an electoral win for Abe stop Abenomics floundering?

If he comes back with a big election win, Abe will hope to silence all the critics and claim he has a fresh mandate. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan's Supreme Court this week made a ruling which goes some way to explain the country's dire plight as an advanced country rapidly losing its way.

29 Nov 2014 - 4:26am 1 comment

Puzzled voters will shun Japanese election: experts

Banri Kaieda, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, speaks at a meeting of senior party officials at the DPJ headquarters in Tokyo. The party presented its platform for the December 14 House of Representatives election aiming to turn around Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies. Photo: Kyodo

Japanese voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now and unimpressed by opposition alternatives, may shun a December 14 election in record numbers.

25 Nov 2014 - 2:57am

The beginning of Japan's third lost decade

Japan has entered an era of huge monetary expansion that it not well supported by the fundamentals of its economy. Photo: Reuters

Japan's fiscal discipline is worsening. In the coming years, the consequences will be felt in Japan, the region and worldwide. In the past quarter, the economy fell into recession.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:09am

Japan's Abenomics may unravel under recession

Abe is betting his political future on policies which have already raised more questions than answers. Photo: AFP

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, must be fearing that history is repeating itself.

21 Nov 2014 - 8:12am

It's time for Japan to dump the failed Keynesian policies

Shinzo Abe says Abenomics is the only way to end deflation and revive the economy.

Let's look at failure. Since the early 1990s, the Japanese government has tried to stimulate economic growth with heavy doses of easy money and fiscal deficits.

20 Nov 2014 - 9:52am 2 comments

As Japan's economy falters, it's vital for Shinzo Abe to fire his third arrow

Abe cannot afford to back off if Japan's economy is to return to sustainable growth.

In his efforts to jolt the world's third-biggest economy out of the doldrums, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has run into troubled waters.

19 Nov 2014 - 9:57am 3 comments

Investors' hopes high despite stalling Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has tried to stimulate Japan's economy through various measures over the past two years. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has helped make investors in Japanese stocks US$1 trillion richer over the past two years, and many are betting he will make them even richer.

19 Nov 2014 - 6:43pm

Does Japan's recession mean Abenomics has failed or needs reinforcing?

The Bank of Japan may weigh in with even more easy money in the wake of the GDP figures.

Japan slipped into recession, official data showed this week, an unexpected reading that delivered a body blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies to revive the world's number three economy, dubbed Abenomics.

19 Nov 2014 - 4:30am

Global economy at risk from Asian slowdown and European stagnation

Prospects for the world economy may be as bleak as this businessman's view of a Tokyo port. Photo: Reuters

A sharp slowdown in Asia and stagnation in Europe are putting the global economy at risk of a prolonged slump, marked by some of the worst economic conditions in decades.

19 Nov 2014 - 6:26pm

Shinzo Abe gambles on early election in December as economy stalls

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies. Photo: AFP

Shinzo Abe said he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies, and postpone an unpopular sales tax rise, after data the economy slipped back into recession.

19 Nov 2014 - 9:16am 7 comments

Unexpected recession in Japan will allow Abe to delay tax hike, call snap poll

Japan's GDP shrank by 1.6 per cent in the quarter. Photo: Reuters

Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax rise and call a snap election two years early.

18 Nov 2014 - 6:06pm 2 comments

Japan's GDP figures may prompt Shinzo Abe to call snap election

The market's median forecast is for a 2.47 per cent annualised growth rate.

A set of economic data due in Japan today looks likely to determine the fate of "Abenomics", with an anticipated poor showing from third-quarter gross domestic product figures expected to prompt a general election.

17 Nov 2014 - 5:14am

Japan's 'shock and awe' stimulus shows economies' desperate faith in monetary easing

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda says the BOJ will do whatever it can to overcome deflation in Japan. Photo: Reuters

On October 29, the US Federal Reserve Board announced the end of the third round of quantitative easing - purchases of Treasury bonds and agency mortgage-backed securities to keep the economy going.

8 Nov 2014 - 5:08am