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Nov 12, 2014
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Japan index: Tightening the purse strings


By Katrina Hamlin

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

Unexpected growth in manufacturing output helped our alternative economic index to a new high in September. But it wasn’t enough to lift consumers: stagnant wages and higher sales taxes left spending in the doldrums. No wonder the central bank decided to ramp up bond purchases.

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      "Katrina Hamlin joined Reuters Breakingviews in 2012. As well as overseeing Breakingviews' production in the Asia region, she writes on topics including China's environment and media. She was previously based in Shanghai as deputy managing editor of Shanghai Business Review magazine. Originally from Hong Kong, she has also lived and worked in Chengdu. She graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in Classics. Follow Katrina on Twitter @KatrinaHamlin"
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