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OECD Economic Surveys: Japan 2002

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This 2002 edition of OECD's periodic economic survey of Japan examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects and includes special features covering structural reform and sources of growth.

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The Policy Framework

Achievements and Evolving Challenges

The policy environment has been very difficult over the past year because of unexpected changes in economic and political circumstances and the pressing need to "fight fires" on several occasions. As the government has moved from setting broad reform objectives to considering specific budgetary measures and legislation, opposition from entrenched interest groups and from factions within the ruling parties has become intense. Moreover, the political power of the government to enact its reform programme has weakened significantly, leading to difficult compromises, which in turn have served to impair the government’s policy credibility. This has been compounded by the seeming difficulty of the government to get its message and news of its accomplishments across to the public...

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