Fund managers have lost faith in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to kick start the Japan’s economy, a new survey found.
Only 16 percent considered Abenomics, or Abe’s three-pronged plan to revitalize the economy, a success, down from 72 percent in 2015, the AIMA Japan and Eurekahedge survey of investors with Japan mandates found.
While 76 percent of the 2016 respondents said that Abenomics has been a partial success, they weren’t particularly rosy on the future. Around 44 percent said Abenomics has little potential ahead, with 9 percent even more pessimistic, saying it has no further potential.
Only around 40 percent expect Japan’s economy to grow this year, down from 93 percent last year, with 51 percent this year expecting no growth and 9 percent expecting a contraction, the survey found.
A whopping 90 percent expect the Bank of Japan (BOJ) will step up with more easing this year, with 79 percent expecting the central bank will push interest rates deeper into negative territory and 90 percent expecting additional quantitative easing.
Even then, only 6 percent thought that the BOJ would meet its target of 2 percent inflation by mid-2017 and 28 percent expected that the economy would fall back into deflation.
“The BOJ’s pursuit of the 2 percent inflation target is increasingly coming to resemble Tom the cat’s unending pursuit of Jerry the mouse,” the survey said.