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Japan Needs Action, Not Elections

Bloomberg columnist William Pesek argues that PM Abe's call for elections is a distraction rather than a move forward

For a leader who's displayed no shortage of tough-guy tendencies, why does Shinzo Abe act so timidly when it comes to Japan's economy? That might sound like a strange question to ask today, when the prime minister appears ready to call a dramatic snap election to win support for his economic policies. AFter an annualized 1.6 percent plunge in third-quarter growth, which has technically pushed Japan back into recession, Abe is hoping for a mandate to postpone a proposed sales-tax increase due next year. Read the article

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