Global Economics Monthly: Not Beyond Hope: Japan and TPP

January 1, 2013

Abe himself seems to have learned from his previous, unhappy experience as prime minister in 2006-07. In his first public remarks after taking back the job in late December, he said, “There is no future for a country which has given up on growth.” The sentiment marked a refreshing change not just from the DPJ’s focus on austerity, but from Abe’s own disinterest in economic affairs during his earlier run in office. An older and wiser Abe is right to pay more attention to Japan’s economic health – and right that more growth is what the patient needs – but his policy prescriptions to date will not be enough to produce the lasting recovery he is hoping for.

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Topics: MEGA-REGIONAL AGREEMENT

Regions: JAPAN EAST ASIA

Authors: MATTHEW P. GOODMAN

Publishing Institution: CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

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