Mr Yen Pessimistic About Major Reforms in Japan

With elections to Japan’s upper house of parliament around the corner, Eisuke Sakakibara, former vice finance minister of Japan, says he’s not hopeful Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce any ground-breaking structural reforms in the coming weeks or even thereafter.

“Because of the election, he [Abe] can’t really spill out the specifics of the reforms – radical reforms might hurt his constituency particular in the rural areas,” Sakakibara, who is currently a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, told CNBC Asia’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday.

“Of course, people expect structural reforms after the election but I’m not optimistic about that. It’s very difficult to bring about the structural reforms,” he added.

via CNBC

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