OECD Economic Surveys: Japan

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OECD’s periodic surveys of the Japanese economy. Each edition surveys the major challenges faced by the country, evaluates the short-term outlook, and makes specific policy recommendations. Special chapters take a more detailed look at specific challenges. Extensive statistical information is included in charts and graphs.

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28 Nov 1997
9789264149540 (PDF) ;9789264154292(print)

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This 1997 edition of OECD's periodic review of Japan's economy includes a special feature on the sustainability of the social security system.

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Table of Contents

Assessment and recommendations
I. Recent trends and prospects
A moderate recovery...
-... driven by exports...
-... and, until recently, by private investment
-In contrast, private consumption remained subdued...
-... while both public investment and stockbuilding depressed demand
-With import growth slackening...
-... the external surplus has started to rise
-Given the slow improvement in the labour market...
-... wage and price increases stay low
-Short-term outlook: the recovery could regain some momentum
II. Monetary policy and the financial system
With interest rates extremely low...
-... capital outflows accelerated, pushing down the exchange rate...
-... and leaving monetary conditions extremely easy
-However, money and credit growth has remained weak
-Despite some asset prices stabilising...
-... balance sheet difficulties persist for certain financial institutions
-To address these problems a new regulatory environment is being introduced
-Overall assessment
III. Fiscal policy in a medium-term perspective
How serious is Japan’s public finance situation?
-The need for medium-term fiscal consolidation
-The need for some rationalisation of public spending
-The need for increased budget transparency
IV. Regulatory reform
The scope of deregulation to date
-Recent initiatives
-Scope for further action
V. The sustainability of the social security system
The scale of the problem
-Macroeconomic consequences
-The effects on public finances
-The policy response
-Concluding remarks 
Chronology of main economic events
Statistical annex and structural indicators

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