Category Archives: Japan

This category focuses largely on matters pertaining to Japan

Japan still to slip in the sea under its central bank debt burden

President Trump banned a CNN reporter only to find his position overturned by the judicial system. Well CNN is guilty of at least one thing – publishing misleading and alarmist economic reports about Japan. In a CNN Business article last … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Japan, Politics | 43 Comments

Bank of Japan once again shows who calls the shots

On August 1, 2018, the 10-year Japanese government bond yield, shot through the roof (albeit a very low one). Yields shifted from 0.05 per cent on July 31 to 0.129 on August 1, which was the largest one-day rise since … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Fiscal Statements, Japan | 18 Comments

UBI advocates ignore the dynamic efficiencies of full employment

I have written about the concept of dynamic efficiency before. The most recent blog post on this theme was – The ‘truth sandwich’ and the impacts of neoliberalism (June 19, 2018) – which examined how social mobility across generations has … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Japan, Job Guarantee, Reclaim the State, US economy | 15 Comments

How to distort the Brexit debate – exclude significant factors!

The Centre for European Reform, which must have little to do given the snail pace of so-called ‘reform’ that goes on in Europe, released a report over the weekend (June 23, 2018) – What’s the cost of Brexit so far? … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Canada, Eurozone, Japan, UK Economy, US economy | 13 Comments

Lower bond yields do not save the Japanese Government money

I was going to write about the situation in Timor-Leste after its national elections were held on Saturday. But I will hold that over for another day as I get some more information. So today, I think we can learn … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, Japan | 3 Comments

Trade and finance mysteries – Part 2

I was running late yesterday and the blog post was already rather long so I left some matters concerning central banks for today. The question we address briefly today is what is the role of central banks in all these … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Fiscal Statements, Japan | 34 Comments

Bank of Japan’s QE strategy is failing

On April 20, 1018, the IMF presented its – Asia and Pacfic Department Press Briefing – in conjunction with the release of the April 2018 World Economic Outlook and the upcoming (May 9, 2018) release of its Asia and Pacific … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Japan | 23 Comments

Japan is different, right? Wrong! Fiscal policy works

Japan is different, right? Japan has a different culture, right? Japan has sustained low unemployment, low inflation, low interest rates, high public deficits and high gross public debt for 25 years, but that is cultural, right? Even the mainstream media … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Fiscal Statements, Japan | 18 Comments

When economists ignore the elephant called reality and applicability

I have sat through many economic seminars in my time where there is a sense of suspended reality necessary so the presenter can run through the exercise of bringing their latest research idea to the academic community. This suspended reality … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Japan, US economy | 25 Comments

Currency-issuing governments never have to worry about bond markets

How many times have to heard a politician claim they had to cut government spending and move the fiscal balance to surplus because they had to engender the confidence of the bond markets. Apparently, this narrative alleges that if bond … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Debriefing 101, Economics, Japan | 22 Comments