JPP: Government quality-of-life survey shows Japanese citizens largely satisfied, except, perhaps, about incomes

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japan’s cabinet secretariat conducts an annual large-scale survey to assess what individuals think of their quality of life. The survey provides a useful snapshot of the context in which the government conducts economic policymaking. It asks citizens to identify the extent to which they are content with pocketbook issues — their incomes and savings — and more abstract concepts like leisure time and opportunities for self-improvement.

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JPP: Impact of new teenage voters uncertain

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

This summer’s House of Councillors (HOC) elections will be the first in which Japan’s eighteen and nineteen year olds can vote. Ahead of this historic vote, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a mail survey of soon-to-be-eligible young voters, seeking to understand how they view Japanese politics and society. In the near term, teenage voters could introduce an element of uncertainty into elections, particularly since the Asahi poll suggests that they could be an especially liberal voting bloc.

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Reading Between the Lines of Abenomics 2.0

Author: Hayakawa Hideo

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Prime Minister Abe’s announcement of three new arrows to guide stage two of Abenomics took the nation by surprise. It signals a recognition that the first three arrows are not working, writes former BOJ Executive Director Hayakawa Hideo, and forebodes a major shift in monetary policy.

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