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Asia Pacific Economics

Is Japans structural reform blocked by vested interests?

Abe’s recent re-election will bring continued commitment to reform and economic restructuring. However, domestic interest groups and economic stagnation continues to pose serious challenges. Japan is the world’s third largest

Politics The Week Ahead

GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook

Nuclear talks with Iran continue as deadlines loom. The Fed meets to discuss increases in interest rates. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu faces reelection hiccups. China and Japan head for a prospective

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s monetary and exchange rate problems increase with reform

The recent cuts in Chinese interest rates underline the economic headaches that China is facing. Between long-term reforms and short-term weakening, there appears to be no easy solution for China’s monetary policy.

Asia Pacific Security

South China Sea dispute prompts defense spending boom

The unresolved status of islands, shoals and atolls combined with hints of immense hydrocarbon and fisheries wealth has prompted a race among countries bordering the South China Sea. Overlapping territorial

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Eurozone Q4 2014 figures to reflect a moderate growth acceleration. Japanese Q4 2014 data expected to show that the Nippon economy is no longer in contraction. Central Banks of Peru

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Mario Draghi, ECB President, is likely to broaden QE programme early; US Fed may signal the timing of increasing interest rates in December meeting; Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party expected

Asia Pacific Economics

Is Japan headed for another recession?

Japan has struggled in recent months, posting economic losses for the second straight quarter, eliciting fears that the country is headed for another recession. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s experiment may prove

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan de-escalates the Senkaku-Diaoyu dispute

Japan seeks to improve the tense situation in the run-up to the APEC meeting in December. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cannot afford risking trade relations with China. Japanese Prime Minister

North America Politics

Midterm Series: How the elections will affect US trade policies

A Republican Senate could drag out negotiations between the United States and EU, and between the United States and Pacific Rim countries, for at least the next 2 years. This

Asia Pacific Economics

Abenomics has a silver lining

Japanese GDP took another tumble in the second quarter, but Abenomics has not been for naught. Although Japanese GDP actually fell by less than analyst expectations in the second quarter,