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Japan fails to learn from history (yet again)
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 18 FEB 2020
... overlayed against these exogenous factors is Japan's self-inflicted wound -- i.e. Japan's tightening of fiscal policy, when the Abe government went ahead and raised the consumption tax from 8% to 10% effective 1 October 2019. Note that this was originally ...
Chief economist update: Coronavirus threatens Tokyo Olympics
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 7 FEB 2020
... big question mark on this. Of greater concern is the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics altogether. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo announced that the Games will proceed. But if the coronavirus persists heading into July, there'll be a lot of ...
Chief economist update: A busy 2020 for Abe, BOJ
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 14 JAN 2020
... Composite PMI fell to 48.6 in December as manufacturing (48.4) and services (49.4) both weakened. The Bank of Japan and the Abe government will be trying to shore up the economy this year.
Chief economist update: Japan tightens fiscal policy
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 11 OCT 2019
... Development and Cooperation (OECD) - Japan does the opposite. Japan effectively tightened fiscal policy on October 1 when the Abe government's twice-postponed consumption tax hike (from 8% to 10%) took effect, projected to raise around US$46 billion ...
Chief economist update: Global easing
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 13 AUG 2019
... global economic and market uncertainties indicate that Tokyo would have to do much more stimulation. Whatever happened to Abe's three arrows? The European Central Bank's (ECB) main refinancing rate had been at zero since March 2016 and while ...
Chief economist update: Inflation is dead
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 29 APR 2019
... inflation depends on the wages outlook. A question that Luci Ellis, RBA Assistant Governor (Economic), tried to address at the ABE Conference in February: "How much and how quickly will they [wages] pick up?" "So far, though, the response to that difficulty ...
Nikko AM chief executive steps down
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  THURSDAY, 14 MAR 2019
... resignation. He resigned from Nomura Holdings, where he was chief operating officer, in 2012. Shibata will be replaced by Hideo Abe and Junichi Sayato, who will both be appointed as representative directors and co-chief executive officers. Abe will also ...
Chief economist update: Cut it, cut it now
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 21 FEB 2019
... prices haven't increased by much). Just as Luci Ellis - RBA Assistant Governor (Economic) - warned in her address to the ABE Conference in Sydney about this time last year: "Weak income growth can run below consumption growth for a time, but not ...
Chief economist update: Stability is doing it for Japan
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 24 SEP 2018
... from recent developments pointing to continued stability --in government and monetary policy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's victory in the just-concluded ruling party leadership vote indicates the continued progression on 'Abenomics'. At the same ...
Chief economist update: Japan's sun shines
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 11 SEP 2018
... momentum as shown in the June quarter national accounts. This could be the reason why unlike China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking a different posture against Trump. According to Bloomberg: "In his first policy speech since President Donald Trump ...
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