the economy of Japan

the economy of Japan
1. How healthy is the patient? Support your case with data and analysis.
Remember:
a. be careful to read the graphs you are using
b. remember to say if the data is real or nominal, quarterly or annual

2. Why has this patient not been healthier over the last ten years? What policies have succeeded or failed – choose at least three and explain USE DIAGRAMS WHERE NECESSARY

3. What is the finance ministry/government trying to do to improve things? Explain why this will help.

NOTE:
I EXPECT AT LEAST THREE DIAGRAMS EXCLUDING DATA GRAPHS AS PART OF YOUR ANALYSIS

The Bank of Japan provides very useful accounts about the economy here.(https://www.boj.or.jp/en/) Among the reports listed are regular “Monthly Report of Recent Economic and Financial Developments.” These are all in English and provide a very comprehensive health check that you can use.

The central bank has a policy committee, just like the US and you can read their reports for example here(https://www.boj.or.jp/en/mopo/mpmsche_minu/minu_2015/g151030.pdf)
They use much of the same data as in the monthly report but they also try to look forward so their reports provide a view on the economy’s future health.

The problem with economic commentary is not where to find it but how to choose which of the millions of commentaries to read. For further ideas to answer questions 2 and 3 you might try the Economist, for example here(http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2015/10/monetary-policy-japan), the Financial Times or the Wall Street Journal.

As a final complication since most of these pieces were written, the patient has not enjoyed much in the way of better health and the Bank of Japan has introduced negative (nominal) interest rates. Are they helping? Here (http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2016/03/10-bank-of-japan-abenomics-otsuka)is one commentary on that subject.

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