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    November 25, 2014

    Abe Makes His Move, Hoping to Maximize His Chance of Winning

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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suddenly moved to dissolve the Lower House, on top of his announcement to delay the next consumption tax hike. As arguments swirl, both for and against each of these decisions, Abe must be recalling the snowballing events that ended his first tenure as premier. This time, he has been preparing for these momentous decisions with one eye on the calendar and the other on the economy. By calling an election, will he be able to solidify his political mandate?・・・

  • 【News in depth】

    November 17, 2014

    Reconciliation with Beijing May Not Lead to Firmer Economic Ties

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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally met with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the APEC summit in Beijing, paving the way for warmer bilateral relations. But that doesn't necessarily mean firmer economic ties; Japanese companies that have scaled back investment in China are unlikely to ramp it up again right away.・・・

  • 【News in depth】

    November 10, 2014

    Even Prime Minister Abe Surprised by BOJ's Stimulus Plan

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    The Bank of Japan on Oct. 31 announced additional monetary easing, including the purchase of 30 trillion yen in long-term government bonds. The move took markets by surprise, and it appears not even the prime minister knew of the plan. Some say the measure is intended to pave the way for sales tax hikes, but it's unclear how long the boost to markets will last.・・・

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