December 27, 2012

Free-spending 'Abenomics' Kicks Off in Japan

Jun Hongo, Japan Times

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The very idea of big-spender Shinzo Abe's reappointment as prime minister was enough to send the yen falling against the dollar and spurred the Nikkei above the 10,000 mark for the first time in months.

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East Asia's Regional Tremors
The Guardian
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Boxed in, Japan Swings Right
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December 24, 2012
'Abenomics' Is Dangerous Print and Spend
Kevin Rafferty, Japan Times
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