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Why So Little Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Where's the inflation? It is barely rising, as consumers still wait for bargains before they decide to buy. The overall Consumer Price Index in April rose just 1.1 percent, and is up 2.1 percent less food and energy prices, which have been falling this year.

Chinese Consumer Confidence and China's Economy in 2015

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

In any country, but most of all China, anxiety is unproductive. Although the jury is still out on the Chinese government's incremental reform agenda, the people support their leader. And regard him as a force of stability.

Have We Psyched Ourselves Into Permanent Low Growth?

Peter Hall | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Peter Hall

Four years later, sentiment is mired at recessionary levels, in spite of serious attempts to break free. Are we now psyched out, resigned to a gloomy future, or is there light at the end of this long, dark tunnel?

Too Early to Declare That Japan Is Back

Barry D. Wood | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Barry D. Wood

It is far too early to declare, "that Japan is back." Japan's challenges are legion -- a shrinking population, natural disasters, soaring debt, a high cost structure that inhibits competitiveness, and most of all deflation.

Japan Sinking AGAIN?

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2013 | Business

* Ruling Democrats, opposition strike deal on deficit bond bill * PM has set passage of bill as a condition for calling election ...

Japan: Worse Than a Deflationary Trap

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Since Japan's asset bubbles burst over 20 years ago, policy makers have persistently fiddled with the levers of monetary and fiscal policy but their efforts have spectacularly failed.

For Sale: Large Japanese City

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.02.2012 | Business

For sale: naming rights to one Japanese city. Condition: used. Includes airport! So might go an ad in the classified section for Izumisano, a city ...

The Myth That Japan Is Broke: The World's Largest "Debtor" Is Now the World's Largest Creditor

Ellen Brown | Posted 11.05.2012 | World
Ellen Brown

All of this has implications for Americans concerned with an out-of-control national debt. Properly managed and directed, it seems, the debt need be nothing to fear. Like Japan, and unlike Greece and other eurozone countries, the U.S. is the sovereign issuer of its own currency.

Reaffirming Tokyo's Leader in Washington

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

In isolation, neither 3.11 nor Mr. Noda have changed Japan. Yet in different ways both have exposed the Japanese state's shortcomings by contrasting the resilience of its citizenry with the impotence of its government.

China And Japan Agree To Start Talks On Free Trade Deal

Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan and China agreed to start formal talks early next year on a free trade pact that would also include South Korea, Japanese Pr...

Watermelon Nets $4000 At Japanese Auction

Posted 08.21.2011 | Home

Only in Japan would a $4000 watermelon be a sign of recession. The Japanese are notorious for paying sky-high prices to buy luxury foods at auction—...

Investors Rush To Pull Out Of Tokyo Stock Exchange

Reuters | Antoni Slodkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - A massive selloff on the Tokyo Stock Exchange wiped out some 23.5 trillion yen ($287 billion) from the market's value on Monday with inves...

Tough Loving the NYTimes #2: Japan's 'Generational Roadblock'

Paul Kleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Kleyman

For me a cautionary flag goes up whenever I read or hear a piece of so-called journalism that poses an issue in a way that blames a demographic group or otherwise vulnerable population segment.

Is QE2 the Road to Zimbabwe-style Hyperinflation? Not Likely

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

Unlike Zimbabwe, the U.S. can easily get the currency it needs without being beholden to anyone. But wouldn't that dilute the value of the currency? No.

China: Is It Turning Japanese?

Foreign Policy | Michael Pettis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

China has formally overtaken Japan as the world's second largest economy. Yet, for all the recent excited commentary, there's less cause for baijiu to...

Japan: Land of the Rising Debt

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

Investors are scared of the sovereign debt crisis unfolding in Europe. However, they are ignoring a more likely and significantly larger debt catastrophe that is about to hit the second-largest economy in the world -- Japan.

Is Harley-Davidson the Next Casualty?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

How can Harley-Davidson stem the bleeding of red ink?

Hatoyama's Hard Road for 2010

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Devin Stewart

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has paved an unnecessarily difficult path for himself and his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) for 2010 as a crucial upper house election approaches this July.

Michael Moore To Japan: "Don't Be Like Us"

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO (Reuters) - Firebrand director Michael Moore is in Japan to promote his latest documentary on the global economic meltdown, which he says should...

Japan's New Government Faces Dire Economic Challenge

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sheldon Filger

With Japan's export machine badly hurt due to the global contraction in trade, the agenda of the new power elite in Tokyo risks a double-dip recession.

Japan Breaks Out of U.S. Orbit

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

The transfer of power in Japan marks a desire on the part of many Japanese voters to move toward Asia and out from under the West's sphere of influence.

Dispatch From Tokyo: The Economy, Music Biz & Google

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Joseph

Japan is still an odd hybrid of the past and the future. They've skipped the personal computer and gone straight to the cell phone, where much of e-traffic occurs.

It Will Take Years Before the Current Recession Will End

Michael D. Intriligator | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael D. Intriligator

Many are predicting that the current recession will end soon, by this summer, later this year, or at most next year. I don't believe this prediction -- it will take years for the recession to end.

Obama Visit Strengthened Historic Partnership with Canada

Megan Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Megan Harris

During this period of global economic turbulence, it is astute for America to remind its friends how much they are valued and to refer to their shared history. It's a diplomatic retention strategy.

Japanese Gang Members Feel Effects Of Recession

Globalpost | Justin McCurry | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Kazuhiro Yamada may describe himself as an innocent victim of the recession, but he is unlikely to win much sympathy. Until he lost his job ...