Is Japan dying? (Source: PBT Consulting) Today, East Asia is widely acclaimed for decade upon decade of economic success. Yet this success rests on a very fragile foundation—an aging population with the world’s lowest fertility. This situation is viewed with surprising indifference by East Asians and Westerners alike. As with so many other things, we prefer to see tomorrow through yesterday’s eyes.
The weekend is over, in Asia at least, and stocks are mostly down. MSCI's Asia Pacific Index fell 0.1% in early Monday trading. New Zealand’s NZX 50 fell 0.2%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index was up as much as 0.4%. Japan's Nikkei ope... Read Post
Why is Japan in trouble? The Japanese now have one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, and at the same time, one of the highest longevity rates. As a result, the population is dropping rapidly, and becoming increasingly weig... Read Post
By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan will maintain its existing stimulus policy and optimistic economic view on when it meets on Thursday, sources say, preferring to take more time to gauge whether a run of weak data ... Read Post