from MacroScope:

Putin welcomes Crimea in

By Mike Peacock
March 18, 2014

Vladimir Putin has told Russia’s Duma that he has approved a draft treaty to bring Ukraine’s Crimea region into Russia and in doing so continues to turn a deaf ear to the West’s sanctions-backed plea to come to the negotiating table.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Japan as the crisis next time

By Anatole Kaletsky
March 14, 2014

Which major economy is most likely to disappoint expectations this year, and perhaps even cause a financial crisis big enough to break the momentum of global economic recovery? The usual suspects are China and southern Europe. But in my view the most likely culprit will be Japan.

from Breakingviews:

Japan index: Weak demand shows need for stimulus

March 11, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

Fukushima’s children

March 10, 2014

Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

By Toru Hanai

It will soon be the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

from Breakingviews:

Japan pension debate goes beyond bonds and stocks

March 7, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

SoftBank’s Alibaba stake both blessing and burden

February 27, 2014

By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

Japan bond investors’ overseas trip may flop again

February 26, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Japan-style deflation in Europe getting harder to dismiss

February 13, 2014

To most people, the idea of falling prices sounds like a good thing. But it poses serious economic and financial risks - just ask the Japanese, who only now finally have the upper hand in a 20-year battle to drag their economy out of deflation.

from Ian Bremmer:

Is the China-Japan relationship ‘at its worst’?

By Ian Bremmer
February 11, 2014

At the Munich Security Conference last month, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said the China-Japan relationship is “at its worst.” But that’s not the most colorful statement explaining, and contributing to, China-Japan tensions of late.

from Breakingviews:

Japan index: Trade gap, muted wages raise risks

February 11, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.