GDP Disappoints Again in 4th Quarter, Part 2

posted by Richard Katz on February 18, 2015

Found in Japan, categorized in Macro

Tags: TOE Richard Katz Abe tax hike Japanese economy

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Should this prove to be a “rosy scenario,” we suspect Abe would be more inclined to miss the deficit goal than to let the economy get too soft, just as he postponed the tax hike.


While GDP overall disappointed, there are some bright spots which suggest that 2015 should look better than the zero growth seen in 2104.

About Richard Katz

Richard Katz is Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics In International Affairs, the New York correspondent for Weekly Toyo Keizai, a leading Japanese business magazine, and formerly the editor of The Oriental Economist Report, a monthly newsletter on Japan.

Mr. Katz has taught about Japan’s economy as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, and as a Visiting Lecturer in Economics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook.

Mr. Katz is the author of two books on Japan's economic travails and has just finished a third book on reviving entrepreeurship in Japan.

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