Japan Abe’s Cabinet to Approve $130 Billion in Fiscal Steps to Boost Growth

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet is set to approve on Tuesday 13.5 trillion yen ($132.04 billion) in fiscal steps as part of efforts to revive the flagging economy with cash payouts to low-income earners and infrastructure spending.

The package is expected to include 7.5 trillion yen in spending by the national and local governments, and earmarks 6 trillion yen from the Fiscal Investment and Loan Programme, which is not included in the government’s general budget.

“We compiled today a strong economic package draft aimed at carrying out investment for the future. With this package, we’ll proceed to not just stimulate demand but also achieve sustainable economic growth led by private demand,” Abe told a meeting of cabinet ministers and ruling party executives on Tuesday morning.

Reuters

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Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.