Tag Archives: Abenomics

WALTER HAMILTON. Japan’s Diminishing Returns.

  Japan, in my nearly forty years of observing and reporting on that country, has never been so delicately and dangerously poised. Australians, who have long relied on it as an economic powerhouse and ‘common interest’ partner, need to be … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. Crunch Time for Abenomics

Is it time to declare Abenomics, the recession-busting strategy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a failure?  If so, was the recent Japanese election purely an exercise for Shinzo Abe to protect himself and the ruling coalition from a half-awake … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. Japanese election.

Four more years of… Oh, by the way, Japan is having a national election on Sunday. Has anyone told the Japanese? Some are calling it the “Seinfeld election”––the election about nothing. Which probably suits Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who called … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Our ‘best friend’ in Asia is in trouble.

Japan now faces its fourth recession since 2008. The Japanese economy has contracted in 13 of the last 27 quarters. In effect, there has been no growth for six years. The Japanese economy has been moribund for two decade. So … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. Japan: when in doubt, call an election

Japan, Australia’s second biggest export market, has fallen back into recession. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reacted by calling a snap election for mid-December, a year ahead of schedule, claiming he needs a new mandate to tackle the nation’s economic … Continue reading

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Gavan McCormack. Disturbing trends in Japan Part 4

Friendship, states, peoples and Australia The government of Japan struggles to reconcile servile incorporation in today’s US hegemonic project with Japan’s own nationalism, but the circle is not easily to be squared. Nationalism is distorted, denied and channeled into a … Continue reading

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