Abenomics: The First 100 Days

April 4, 2013 marked 100 days since Abe Shinzō’s return to office. With many people hoping that the prime minister’s “Abenomics” policies will succeed in lifting the country out of its deflationary spiral, we look back at the government’s first 100 days in office and consider some of the issues for the years ahead.

Behind South Korea’s Emotional Response to AbenomicsFukagawa Yukiko

The South Korean media has published numerous criticisms of Japan’s economic policies under the Abe administration. Economist Fukagawa Yukiko suggests the emotional response is grounded in misperceptions.

What the TPP Process Means to JapanYoshizaki Tatsuhiko

The Japanese government's decision to take part in talks over a Trans-Pacific Partnership has reignited internal debate over the potential pluses and minuses of a US-led free trade agreement. Economist Yoshizaki Tatsuhiko argues that the discussion will remain fruitless until both sides shift their focus from such hypothetical losses and gains to the fundamental importance of promoting free trade and participating in the rule-making process.

Abenomics: Changing the National MindsetAbe Junichi

Since taking the helm as prime minister for the second time last December, Abe Shinzō has focused on economic policy, including the adoption of an inflation target. The market has responded favorably, and the national mind-set seems to be shifting. Journalist Abe Junichi assesses the first 100 days of the Abe administration.

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