Japan’s recovery programme is showing promising early results. Last autumn the economy enjoyed its fourth successive quarter of growth, its best performance in more than three years.
Many observers rightly praise the Bank of Japan’s shift to positive inflation targeting for contributing to the country’s recovery. Yet monetary policy is only one of the three “arrows” called for in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s programme for the Japanese economy. Also important are fiscal consolidation and structural reform. These initiatives, too, are moving in the right direction with the right priorities. But like monetary policy, they need to be bold to succeed. Continue reading »