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Japan’s economy revs up, but analysts remain skeptical whether robust spending will last

By Noriyuki Suzuki
- via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A shopper chooses clothes at a store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district. Japan's economy gained momentum in the April-June quarter thanks to stronger consumer spending, but economists are split over whether the trend will continue. | AP

A tricky question has been keeping economists busy of late: Are Japanese consumers finally beginning to loosen their purse strings?As far as recent economic data ...

Toshiba averts delisting for now, but future still hangs in balance

By Akiko Yasuhara
- via The Japan Times    Aug 11, 2017

Toshiba Corp. CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa leaves a news conference Tuesday at the company's headquarters in Tokyo. | REUTERS

While Toshiba appears to have averted the risk of immediate delisting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange by submitting its annual financial results with sign-off by ...

BOJ’s silence on side effects of monetary easing policies adds risk, Kiuchi says

via The Japan Times    Aug 07, 2017

Takahide Kiuchi, who recently stepped down from the Bank of Japan's Policy Board, says the central bank is adding to the risks of its aggressive monetary easing policy by discussing only the potential upside. | AP

The Bank of Japan is adding to the risks of its aggressive monetary easing policies by discussing only their potential upside, according to recently departed ...

Zombie Abenomics

By Richard Katz
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 20, 2014

A foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo, November 12, 2014.  (Toru Hanai / Courtesy Reuters)

Japan's Missing Economic Revival November 20, 2014 Richard Katz Summary:  Abe’s economic revival is hardly going as planned. A consumption tax hike that he introduced in April triggered ...

Print Less but Transfer More

By Mark Blyth,Eric Lonergan
- via Foreign Affairs    Aug 18, 2014

Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People August 18, 2014 Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan Summary:  Most economists agree that the global economy is stagnating and that governme...

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