convolutions in japanese politics//verzweigungen japanischer politik
overseas production by japanese firms - up and up
shinzo abe is desperately trying to get firms to invest more. but japanese firms do invest - just not in japan.
women in parliament - japan's womenomics is going nowhere in politics
despite abe-sponsored womenomics: picture for women in japan's parliament looks bleak and seems to be going nowhere in japan - and it will remain so also after the december 14 snap election, as becomes clear from the puny number of female candidates merely contesting seats (not to speak of how many eventually will end up in japan's diet)
number of documents falling under the new state secrets legislation
the number of documents likely to be classified under the new state secrets law is probably somewhere in the 460,000s but most agencies refuse to state numbers - only 3 out of 19 agencies answered to questions of kyodo news on the matter.
the opaque nature of the law certainly does not help its popularity with voters. most are against the law, which was quickly rammed through parliament.
foreign investors and abenomics - trading on the tokyo stock exchange
foreign investors and abenomics - in and outta love...but will 2014 be the year when they turn their backs? the recent nosedive of foreigners' trading on the tse has indeed been quite dramatic
pre-election polls vs. actual election results
the correlation is weak, but if previous correlations tell anything, shinzo abe indeed has 266 seats safe, plus those he will receive from the undecided
number of bankruptcies
back to a 7-year low, the number of bankruptcies has been falling - also due to the economy being awash with money from the bank of japan's qqe; but hopefully also recent numbers are signalling a slightly better business environment, rather than a new generation of zombie companies being kept alive artificially.
women in science
abe's focus is on bringing more women in management positions in the private and public sectors - but making sure female talent is not wasted in science should not be forgotten, either: 43% of al students are female, 33% of all Ph.D. students, but only 14% of researchers are women, a dismal showing in global rankings.
nominally, wage depression has finally ended in japan - and even base pay is picking up. but due to prices increasing by even greater margins, real wages have continued their negative growth, draining consumers' purchasing power and spelling trouble for abenomics in the longer run.
major casino markets by revenue
japan could be one of the world's major gambling markets - if rosy projections indeed materialised.
party funds & corporate donations
the ldp's full campaign coffers: it certainly can afford another election splurge, especially with the support from business - 80% of all corporate contributions go to ldp diet members
sales forecast for major retail channels
the retail landscape is dramatically changing. pushed by the desire for convenience and demographic change, convenience stores are slowly taking on supermarkets as the number one retail channel. around 2020, they will overtake supermarkets as japan's major retail channel.
abenomics has brought many blessing, such as a skyrocketing nikkei225 - but looking at wage growth, little of that seems to trickle down to the average mrs. watanabe. one main reason for this is that japanese households hold fairly little amounts of shares, less than their european counterparts and far less than americans.
demand for loan
a high amount of outstanding loans is a good sign for corporate investment and higher spending. recent data seem to show a general upward trend in the amount of outstanding loans, while at the same time most recent numbers show a drop - hard to tell whether this graph shows good or bad news for abenomics.
the number of new housing starts is declining fast, particularly that funded by the public. it shows how the effects of the first arrow of abenomics, the large fiscal stimulus, is wearing off - and is not evened out by the private sector.
tpp nations' gdp as share of total tpp gdp
clearly, tpp is first and foremost a u.s.-japanese free trade agreement. they are the biggest economies participating, far eclipsing any other tpp nation. if a tpp is to be worked out, the u.s.-japanese problems have to be worked out first. the rest will fall in line.
lean car production
japanese car makers are highly competitive and still among the world's leanest. the home of kaizen and lean production still is japan
coin production by the japan mint
japan's m-shaped money production curve
m&a deals by japanese firms
japanese m&a activity has been going back to levels last seen during the bubble years - only that acquisitions seem to look a lot smarter this time round. the latest uptick in the statistics is driven by telecoms firms, which do not want to be left behind after facebook's deal with whatsapp.
an ubiquitous sight in japan, even on mount fuji. but at last, due to environmental and energy concerns, the golden days of the vending machines seem to be nearing an end.