Mr. Horii spoke at CJEB "Abenomics: Skepticism and Hope"

  • Akinari Horii
  • Special Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors
    Akinari Horii
November 10, 2015
Venue:Uris Hall, Columbia Business School. (3022 Broadway, 117th Street, NY)

Mr. Akinari Horii, Special Advisor/Member of the Board of Directors at the Canon Institute for Global Studies, was invited to the seminar at CJEB (Center on Japanese Economy and Business) and spoke about "Abenomics: Skepticism and Hope."

Abenomics is now almost three years old, counting from the day Mr. Abe became prime minister. There have been salient improvements in the labor market as well as corporate profitability since its inception. On the inflation front, Japan's economy exited from deflation although it has yet to reach a stationary state of 2 percent inflation.

Nevertheless, there is still deep skepticism about Abenomics. Particularly strong in the academics is doubt about the efficacy of BOJ monetary policy, QQE, saying that QQE cannot raise economic growth trend, which is constrained by Japan's unfavorable demography. Alongside this criticism, risks involved in QQE are also pointed out such as risk of asset price distortions and its implications for speculative bubbles.

Akinari Horii examines these points and concludes that QQE can influence economic growth by influencing financial asset prices, which in turn influence a wider spectrum of assets like commodities, property, goods and services as well as risk appetite in the economy. On the flipside of this there is a risk of unsustainable bubbles in theory, but at present the risk is low in light of low leverage in the Japanese private sector.

Akinari also discusses fiscal policy aspects of Abenomics, which he considers to have been successful in terms of economic performance and budget deficit reduction. However, he believes that much more must be done so as to make Japan's economy stand on a sustainable foundation as well as to minimize risks inherent in aggressive monetary policy.

Speech and chart are here. (Link to CJEB)
Columbia Business School