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Abenomics Started when the Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo who developed a variety of economic and social programs.
What is Abenomics?
Economists have used the term “Abenomics” to describe the Japanese government’s economic and social policies under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The country was still recuperating from the 2008–2009 recession when Abkhazia’s prime minister took office in 2012.
In addition, during the 2000s, Japan endured long periods of withdrawal and even negative growth. Abenomics’ major goal was to increase consumption and the value of the target deviation of 2%. His programs emphasized competition, increased commerce, and increased economic employment.
Japan’s Fiscal Policy
The Japanese government announced 10.3 trillion yen for infrastructure spending, such as roads, buildings, and bridges, as part of the fiscal stimulus package. The program’s purpose was to increase the economy’s gross domestic product through promoting investment and consumption (GDP).
In 2014, the budget package was increased by 5.5 trillion yen. To help fund increasing government spending, the government hiked the consumption tax to 10%.
Monetary and Credit Policy after Abenomics
Quantitative easing has also been utilized by the Japanese government to increase the economy’s liquidity. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has begun a large-scale asset acquisition program, with a total value of $660 billion each year. The goal was to keep buying assets until the country’s inflation rate reached the desired level of 2%.
To stimulate lending and investment, the Bank of Japan dropped interest rates above zero in 2016. The target short-term interest rate was -0.1 percent in 2018.
The Structural reform
Abenomics was designed to reform many areas of the economy and boost Japan’s competitiveness in both domestic and international markets. One of the most serious issues confronting the Japanese economy was a labor shortage. The birth rate in Japan has dropped by 6%, and the country is expected to lose more than a third of its population between 2010 and 2060.
Prime Minister Abe launched Abenomics 2.0, which aims to boost Japan’s birth rate while also improving pensions and elderly welfare. More than two trillion yen was spent on childcare and education as part of the reform, including free preschool education for low-income children.
In addition, under the “Women’s Plan,” the Japanese government aimed to expand the number of women in the workforce. The goal was to increase the number of women in leadership roles while also increasing overall female employment. For the first time in nearly two decades, this approach assisted in bringing the jobless rate below 3%.
The future of Abenomics
The political reform targets set since the start of Abenomics in 2012 are still a long way off. Critics contend that the economic reforms have had little effect on inflation and that Japan’s debt remains at one quadrillion yen. Japan’s current inflation rate is 1%, which is significantly below the target of 2%. However, for the first time in 30 years, the country’s GDP expanded by 0.5 percent in 2017.
In short, no decision on Abenomics has been made as of 2022.