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Japan Wage and Hours Worked

The preliminary wage report for September 2017 showed a moderate acceleration in nominal wages. Basic and overtime wages rose by 0.7% year on year (YoY) in September, accelerating from 0.4% YoY in August. The 0.7%...

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Implications of German and Japanese Political Developments

There have been two developments in German and Japanese politics that will likely have implications for future policy. Let’s review the developments and consider the implications for investors. There is much talk of the Jamaica...

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Japan and the industrial boom of 1917

From Mitsubishi Motors to Kikkoman – over a thousand Japanese firms are celebrating their hundredth birthday in 2017.  The development reveals much about Japan’s history and economic base. What do Japanese companies such as camera...

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Scandal-hit Shinzo Abe is a ‘dead man walking’

Japanese PM Abe’s approval rating has dropped to record new low amid a growing scandal surrounding suggestions that he intervened with officials at the ministry of education on behalf of a friend. Julian Ryall reports....

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More Thoughts about the Yen

The conventional narrative is that the yen’s strength is being driven by risk. It seems to border on circular logic. If the yen is up, it must be due to investors being averse to risk,...

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Japan- Retail sales records the highest growth in 24 months

According to METI, retail sales rose by 3.2% year on year(YoY) in April 2017. The growth rate is the highest since April 2015. A breakdown of retail sales shows that a broad range of sub-sectors...

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BoJ March Tankan shows manufacturers leading the recovery

According to the BoJ March Tankan Survey, the business conditions of Japanese companies improved in the first quarter of 2017. The improvements seem larger for manufacturers than for non-manufacturers. Large manufacturers saw their business condition...

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Trump is Right About Yen

The Trump administration seems to be stepping up the pressure on the Japanese yen, accusing Japan of manipulating the exchange rate to its advantage. In our view, the accusation is essentially valid. Japanese policy makers...

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Trade is Trump’s Centerpiece

Investors are anxiously awaiting more details on the new US Administration’s economic policies and priorities. Part of the challenge is that the cabinet represents a wide range of views and it is not clear where...

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Trump’s TPP move boosts China’s clout in Asia

Fulfilling his campaign promise, President Trump has pulled the US out of the ambitious free trade deal negotiated by his predecessor Obama. Analysts view China as the prime beneficiary of the US’ abandonment of TPP....

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Where Do US Companies Hire Abroad?

The US economy created roughly nine million net new jobs since the start of 2009.  Through organic growth and acquisition, majority-owned affiliates of US multinational companies have also expanded their employment outside the US. It is...

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Research and Development boosts growth in Japan

On December 8, Japanese government revised its GDP statistics to conform to the latest standard of national accounts, SNA2008. Before the revision, Japan was one of the last countries, among OECD members not to be...