If anyone is still holding out hope that Abenomics — the unorthodox slate of economic policies named after their inspiration, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — could rescue Japan from its two-decade slump, the news on Monday should dash it. The troubled economy surprised analysts by (once again) tumbling into recession. GDP in the quarter ended September shrank by an annualized 1.6% — far, far worse than the consensus forecasts. That followed a disastrous 7.3% contraction in the previous quarter. Speculation in Japan is that the bad results will push Abe to call a snap election only two years after taking office.
What’s going on in Japan is important for all of us. Since the economy is still the world’s third-largest (after the U.S. and China), a healthy Japan could provide a much-needed pillar to growth in a struggling global economy.
The current downturn is being blamed on a hike…
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