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  • Sep 21, 2014
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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. 

Lower economic growth and record deficit in Japan pressure Abenomics

Japan's economy expanded less than estimated in the fourth quarter and the current-account deficit widened to a record in January, highlighting risks to Abenomics as an increase in sales tax looms.

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014, 5:14pm

Abe, Park and Xi Jinping display good economics in East Asia, but questionable politics

After all the recent hoopla about Abenomics in Japan and China's reform under Xi Jinping, South Korea's Park Geun-hye becomes the latest to join the Asian reform club.

4 Mar 2014 - 4:32am 1 comment

Japan economy expands 1.6 per cent in 2013, but growth slows in last quarter

Japan's economy logged its best performance in three years as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth blitz drove the expansion, but weak second-half data and a sales tax rise scheduled for April are expected to dampen hopes for a firm recovery.

18 Feb 2014 - 2:28am

Japanese unions gearing for rare showdown over pay rises

Japan's unions have started demanding wage rises from cash-rich firms as annual pay talks get under way, setting up a rare showdown after years of drama-free labour relations.

17 Feb 2014 - 5:58am 1 comment

Japan's huge public debt not seen falling until 2018

Japan, the world's most indebted economy after Greece, could see its vast public debt begin falling in five years with two rounds of consumption tax rises and faster economic growth, the International Monetary Fund said.

17 Feb 2014 - 5:33am

From Abenomics to Abegeddon: How will shrine visit affect Japan’s economy?

Until Christmas, Shinzo Abe’s eponymous Abenomics programme to rescue Japan from decades of deflation and low growth was an important success, according to most economic commentators, among them the International Monetary Fund and investors on the Tokyo stock market.

31 Dec 2013 - 6:24pm 10 comments

Abenomics short on real reforms after one year

One year into Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revival plan, the message from Japan's industrial heartland and economists is clear: he has yet to act on his pledge to stage the nation's comeback as a global economic dynamo.

17 Dec 2013 - 3:55am

Large businesses cut capital spending forecasts

Large Japanese businesses have pared their projections for capital spending this fiscal year, signalling challenges for Abenomics as a sales tax looms in April.

17 Dec 2013 - 3:55am

US can learn from Japan's Abenomics to save itself from secular stagnation

Is the US economy adrift in the doldrums? Lawrence Summers, perhaps America's most inventive applied economist, thinks so. Speaking at an IMF forum last month, he described the United States' condition as "secular stagnation", in which it is stuck in a rut of weak demand, low growth, and low employment.

4 Dec 2013 - 6:31am

Japan's rising inflation and output a boost for Abenomics

Consumer inflation in Japan accelerated to a five-year high last month and a narrower price measure increased at its fastest pace in 15 years, more evidence that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive policies are forging an escape from deflation.

30 Nov 2013 - 7:13am