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  • Abe avoids the FTA trap at Mar-a-Lago, but U.S. pressure on Japan likely to mount

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump on April 18 and 19 were unusually unpredictable for a summit between the leaders of the longtime allies, which are usually carefully choreographed with little left to chance. Much of the uncertainty was due to the Trump administration’s determination to reduce its bilateral trade deficits with major trading partners.

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  • Understanding Abenomics: The Intellectual Origins of Abenomics

    This paper is the first section in a series called “Understanding Abenomics,” which will explore the intellectual and institutional drivers of Abenomics; what the Abe government has achieved in monetary, fiscal, and industrial and microeconomic policy; and the debates surrounding what Abenomics has achieved and what economic policy will look like after Abenomics.

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Japan Political Pulse aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets in order to provide a more accurate picture of the public approval ratings of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet.

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