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By Masazumi Wakatabe

Because the worldwide nice Recession maintains, policymakers, economists, and the public are turning to Japenses financial revitalization for solutions. Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in Economics, as soon as acknowledged that Japan was once a "full-dress practice session for the present crisis." Japan has skilled and valiantly triumph over the burst in their Bubble economic system, monetary situation, lukewarm restoration, and extra than a decade-long deflation and stagnation to develop into the most solid economies today.

Japan's nice Stagnation and Abenomics finds the extraordinary similarities of financial occasions and regulations among the nice Stagnation and the present nice Recession. It additionally indicates attainable hazards forward and way-outs sooner or later. This intriguing new quantity relies on Wakatabe's services in financial background and the heritage of financial rules and argues that any coverage selection is expounded to cultural ideology. An research into the connection among cultural ideology and coverage is helping us higher comprehend the policy-making process.

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The government pushed for expansionary fiscal policy based on “naiju kakudai ron (Increased Domestic Demand Argument),” arguing that Japan, along with the United States and West Germany, was responsible for expanding their domestic demand to correct an international imbalance. The landmark policy paper popularly known as the Maekawa report advocated the expansion of domestic demand within Japan as the solution to the trade surplus problem. That government report was produced by a committee headed by Haruo Maekawa, a former BOJ governor.

But the LDP politicians used this opportunity to push for expansionary fiscal policy. 1 percent in 1987; asset prices, including land and stock prices, went up considerably. 43 percent in 1988, and continued to be a surplus until 1992. With the prime minister changing from Nakasone to Noboru Takeshita, the government put more emphasis on countryside development projects than on investment in Tokyo and other urban regions. ”5 It was the heyday of old, LDP-style pork barrel politics. It became quite apparent that stock prices and land prices were rising rapidly.

In the later years of the Koizumi administration, the controversy regarding the proper way to handle fiscal consolidation erupted within the administration. After the landslide victory at the 2005 general election, Koizumi reshuffled his cabinet, appointing Takenaka as the minister of internal affairs and communication who was in charge of the postal reform and appointing Kaoru Yosano as Takenaka’s replacement as minister of state for economic and fiscal policy. Takenaka and Yosano clashed over the best way to achieve fiscal consolidation.

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