The stock monitor in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office is just one of the indicators of the degree to which he sees rising stock prices as pivotal to approval ratings. In the past, he has used “jawboning” to try to raise stock prices. Now, he is using the money of Japan’s retirees and soon-to-be retirees.
Richard analyzes how the the post-tax hike decline in income and spending continued through January.
In this report, Richard argues that Japan's January exports may not be that much of a bright spot as the statistics indicated.
Richard analyses why the Zenchu reform is not an agricultural reform as Abe claims and why it is just another of the incremental steps that have gradually weakened JA-Zenchu’s power over the last few decades.
Richard reports that the Bank of Japan Governor has raised the grey flag for achieving the 2% inflation target in two years.
Richard discusses the likelihood of the U.S. and Japan reach the TPP pact this year.
Richard analyzes the reason behind Japanese multinational companies' growing trend to produce in overseas countries, especially in Asia, despite the weakening yen.