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  • 09/07/14--02:01: Last round for Abenomics
  • It is time for Japan's leaders to shift from the demand-focused first and second arrows of "Abenomics" to the supply-oriented third arrow: a new growth strategy.

    The post Last round for Abenomics appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    Europe's leaders must recognize that the eurozone, as currently constituted, is larger than Europe's optimal currency area. Some member countries — certainly Greece, and probably Italy and Spain — need an independent monetary policy.

    The post Optimize the troubled eurozone appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    If politicians themselves participate in the taxpayer identification system, bureaucrats forgo some of the power that excessive regulation affords them and businesses give up some of their special tax benefits, the Abe government may yet fulfill its promise and build a thriving economy.

    The post Delivering on the promise of ‘Abenomics’ appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    The belief that monetary policy does not matter is exceedingly hazardous to any economy. Europe faces enough serious risks already; it should not needlessly add to them.

    The post Monetary policy is underrated appeared first on The Japan Times.


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  • 05/04/15--01:46: An Asian community can wait
  • Japan should not join the AIIB until the criteria for monitoring its investments are clear.

    The post An Asian community can wait appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    Japan's monetary policymakers do not seek to predict, much less control, exchange-rate movements.

    The post Myth of currency manipulation appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    Recent events should compell China's leaders to reconsider the extent to which they control the country's economy.

    The post China’s political interventions appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    Failure to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership in all 12 countries would be a major disappointment because it would bring vast economic benefits to all countries involved

    The post The fraught politics of the TPP appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    As 2015 closes, China's leaders find themselves at a crossroads: They must decide whether to continue trying to control the economy or build a genuinely market-oriented system.

    The post China’s planning addiction vs. a free market appeared first on The Japan Times.


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  • 02/29/16--01:56: Less than zero in Japan
  • Japan's economic fundamentals are generally sound, and pessimistic predictions are greatly exaggerated.

    The post Less than zero in Japan appeared first on The Japan Times.


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  • 06/27/16--03:09: Abe right to delay tax hike
  • The prime minister recognizes the need to balance the imperatives of debt reduction and economic growth.

    The post Abe right to delay tax hike appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    The Finance Ministry remains hesitant to back its tough talk with action, not least because of U.S. disapproval of supposed "currency manipulation."

    The post Finance Ministry vs. the currency speculators appeared first on The Japan Times.


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  • 10/31/16--03:27: Abenomic’s secret success
  • Japan's economy may be doing significantly better lately than the national statistics seem to suggest.

    The post Abenomic’s secret success appeared first on The Japan Times.


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    U.S. President Donald Trump's testing of the foundations of U.S democracy may transform existing assumptions about America and its global role.

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  • 05/02/17--01:26: A grand strategy for Trump?
  • Accommodating aggressive behavior by "defectors" from international cooperation like North Korea will never bring peace, but establishing cooperation as the only viable option might.

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    Japan, New Zealand and other countries are working to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the United States.

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    The U.S. faces serious political challenges, but economically it remains on sound footing.

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    Biased news, which may delivered even by traditional news organizations, can be very damaging, not least for political leaders.

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  • 02/26/18--02:29: Education in the digital age
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution will amount to a major test for a Japanese education system focused on reciting facts and performing formulaic calculations — precisely ...

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  • 05/02/18--23:58: Why we need globalization
  • Free trade, migration and foreign direct investment promise far-reaching potential gains for all parties involved.

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    Policies aimed at reaping the benefits of openness may not be politically expedient today, but would reap benefits tomorrow.

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    It is time for Japan to unleash the third "arrow" of Abenomics: a long-term growth strategy underpinned by structural reforms.

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    While some advocate introducing daylight savings time in Japan to save energy and extend outdoor time for workers, the economic benefits might not be worth ...

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    The U.S.-China trade war may lead to broader damage, as tit-for-tat tariffs reduce overall exports, undermine total global trade flows and impede world economic ...

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    Many warn that the stimulus potential is depleted, particularly in Japan, with its negative short-term interest rate.

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    We need trade competition among economic agents but cooperation among governments

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    Japan's experience doesn't prove that Modern Monetary Theory works, as some have argued. But increasing deficit-financed spending, in Japan and elsewhere, may still have merit, ...

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    US President Donald Trump's trade war with China is driven at least as much by anxiety over China's rise as by economic rationality. That kind ...

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    It's unwise to burden a battered economy with higher taxes.

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    In the 1980s and 1990s, people were acutely aware of inflationary risks, whereas economic actors today may be setting their expectations based on a different ...

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