‘Japan Falls Into Recession’ (Guardian)

AGAIN: This is not just another recession. This is the ‘Greatest Depression’.

Japan is doomed on all levels:

The Cost Of Kidding Yourself: Proof That The US Has Been In Recession 9 Of The Last 10 Years – Japan Is Even Worse:

The more they “fixed” it, the more it broke. 17 years later, the only thing Japan has proved is that smart Japanese economists are about as real as Godzilla.  Time and time again, the country has chosen collapse over admitting failure. On November 19, 2012, Bloomberg reported, “The Japanese government will spend 1 trillion yen ($12.3B) on a second round of fiscal stimulus as it tries to revive an economy at risk of sliding into recession.” It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.

Prepare for collapse.

Japan falls into recession (Guardian, Dec 10, 2012):

Strong yen and diplomatic row with major trade partner China have harmed Japan’s economy

Japan – the world’s third largest economy – has fallen into recession, hit by sluggish exports to China.

Revised official data on Monday morning showed that the Japanese economy shrank very slightly in the second quarter of 2012, by 0.03%, before contracting by 0.9% between July and September. Analysts expect the country to stay in recession in the final quarter of the year, ratcheting up the pressure on the government to take steps to boost the economy in the runup to the general election on 16 December.

Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute in Tokyo, said: “There have been some positive indicators out in October but there is still a good chance that Japan’s economy will suffer another contraction in the October-December quarter.”

The eurozone crisis, a strong yen that has weakened exports and a diplomatic row with major trade partner China have harmed Japan’s economy, dampening hopes of a strong recovery after the 2011 tsunami.

Last month, Tokyo approved $10.7bn (£6.67bn) of spending to boost the economy, more than double a package announced in October. But polls suggest it will not be enough for the prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, and his Democratic party to avoid defeat at the elections on 16 December. Japan’s main opposition party has promised to spend heavily on public works and push the Bank of Japan to launch measures to boost growth if it wins. Recent polls suggest the party will win a solid majority and return to power for the first time since 2009.

The deputy governor of the Bank of Japan said last week that the central bank will debate whether further stimulus is needed to support the economy, the strongest signal yet that it may loosen policy again at its next rate review on 19-20 December in the face of growing political pressure.

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