Japan index: Weak demand shows need for stimulus
By Andy Mukherjee
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.
The Breakingviews Abenomics Index inched higher in January. But manufacturing stumbled, and the trade deficit zoomed, suggesting anaemic demand both at home and abroad. With wages subdued and sales taxes about to rise, the economy may need a fresh dose of monetary easing.