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Chief economist update: Japan on the mend but BOJ, Abe not taking any chances
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 24 JUN 2020
... while core inflation lingered in deflation (-0.2%) over the same period. Thus, while both the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and the Abe government are optimistic about the economic outlook, they're not leaving this to hope. While it kept interest rate settings ...
Chief economist update: Japan reopens for business
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 26 MAY 2020
It was a magnificent Monday, 25 May 2020, for Japan for on this day Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared the country's state of emergency over. We salute you our Japanese brothers and sisters, for Japan has flattened its coronavirus curve despite ...
Chief economist update: BOJ expands Enhancement of Monetary Easing
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 28 APR 2020
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) added another monetary policy term to our vocabulary at its March 2020 meeting - Enhancement of Monetary Easing - as it tries to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus. It had the same label for its expanded policy initiative ...
Chief economist update: Credit ratings downgrades versus fiscal salvation
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 9 APR 2020
... stabilise while at the same time, stressing that it would implement more stimulative measures if necessary. Looking back the Abe government could be forgiven for its confidence that it could quarantine Japan from the bug that's exponentially infecting ...
Chief economist update: Japan fails to learn from history (yet again)
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 18 FEB 2020
... 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
In his outing before the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics on August 9, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe practically gave his nod of approval in Financial Standard 's clear as the crystal ball's ...
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 ...
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