Economeister

Erik Norland

Japan likely to return to slow growth in 2015

The nation's economy cannot surge because of demographic issues, argues Erik Norland.

  • Peter Tasker

    Sumo champion in the bath -- Japan's GPIF changes tack

    Far from being a gamble, the move by Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund to diversify into Japanese stocks is prudent, says Peter Tasker.

  • Frederic Neumann

    More fiscal spending needed in emerging Asia

    Europe is a reminder that public debt can lead to financial headaches. But being overly cautious on spending creates problems, says Frederic Neumann.

  • Carmen M. Reinhart

    Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Keeping rates below zero could give debt-saddled countries a much needed hand, says Carmen M. Reinhart.

  • Stephen Grenville

    How much debt is too much?

    The 2008 global financial crisis was a dramatic demonstration that ill-considered debt causes major damage, affecting the entire global economy. If excessive national debt was the key problem around the world seven years ago, what has happened to deb...

  • Nicholas Spiro

    India's prolonged bull run has life in it yet

    Few emerging markets have enjoyed such a dramatic and sustained improvement in investor sentiment as the one experienced by India over the past year or so. The facts speak for themselves. In the last 12 months, Indian equities have surge...

  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia needs to go easy on rate cuts

    Asia is staring at deflation. And central bankers are responding. In recent weeks, officials from India to Australia unexpectedly eased monetary policy. Indonesia is just the latest country to cut interest rates -- a glaring current-account deficit n...

  • Ken Davies

    China's new investment rules: A step forward, but more is needed

    The Chinese authorities are at long last starting to simplify the law on foreign investment in line with recommendations from trading partners and international organizations like the World Bank, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic C...

  • Addressing inequality

    Also sprach Thomas Piketty in Tokyo

    TOKYO -- The Piketty phenomenon has reached Japan, with the French economist's bulky book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" becoming a best-seller in the country. Thomas Piketty recently sat down with The Nikkei in Tokyo to talk about his book an...

  • Ji Zou

    China's new foreign investment regime will have far-reaching changes

    China's Ministry of Commerce recently released a draft of the Foreign Investment Law that is intended to replace various existing Chinese laws and regulations for foreign investments. If adopted, this will have a far-reaching impact on how foreign ca...

  • Peter Tasker

    Piketty 'live in Japan'

    French "rock star" economist Thomas Piketty recently arrived in Japan to a rousing reception that was the academic equivalent of the frenzy over the Beatles at the Budokan in 1966. His plump features stare out from Japanese newspapers, magazine cover...

  • Giri Jadeja

    Green lending -- a new growth model for Asia and beyond

    China is no stranger to the perils of rapid economic development. According to research by the World Bank and the Chinese State Council's Development Research Center, health problems caused by air pollution cost China as much as $300 billion a ye...

  • Peter Tasker

    Lessons for Asia from a Greek tragedy

    Greece is the cradle of both democracy and European civilization. So it is fitting that the election in Athens on Jan. 25 should have profound implications for the future of the euro, the European Union and potentially, the global financial system. F...

  • Glenn Hubbard

    Abenomics needs to press on

    The three arrows of Abenomics -- fiscal policy, monetary policy and structural reform -- continue to present a road map for Japan to end deflation, balance fiscal consolidation and growth, and raise medium- and long-run prospects for the economy. But...

  • JUN SAITO

    Japan's new era of negative household savings rate

    The Cabinet Office released its 2015 Annual Report on the System of National Accounts on Dec. 25. One of the striking facts revealed in the report, which made available SNA figures on flow series up to 2013, was that the savings rate of Japanese hous...

  • Akio Shibata

    Minibubbles still possible despite tumbling oil prices

    Crude oil prices have nosedived on the back of increased shale oil production in the U.S., a slowing Chinese economy and improving fuel economy for automobiles. Shorter-term factors contributing to the slide are OPEC's decision not to trim production...

  • Frederic Neumann

    Make or break for Asia in 2015

    It all looks calm on the surface. Asia appears poised for yet another year of relatively smooth sailing, if not quite at the speed to which the region has become accustomed. The plunge in oil prices is a useful tailwind for energy-hungry economies. O...

  • David Weinstein

    Weak yen is Japan's best bet for growth

    This is a tough time to be a proponent of tax increases in Japan. In 1997, after a very successful fiscal stimulus, Japan raised taxes, and the economy was thrown into a major recession. In April 2014, Japan raised taxes again and converted a weak re...

  • Peter Tasker

    The oil factor: apocalypse postponed

    Whatever happened to peak oil? As recently as May 2014, Dr. Jeremy Leggett, former adviser to the U.K. government and co-arranger of the high-level Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Energy Security, was warning that dependence on "increasingly expensive fos...

  • Kazumasa Iwata

    Japan needs intensive reforms, innovation to stay on top

    The Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy's Committee for Japan's Future, on whose growth and development working group I served as chairperson, released a report on Nov. 14 on what needs to be done for Japan to achieve economic growth in the next 50...