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Japan’s Record Budget – Way for Debate on Crisp Stimulus

Parliament cleared Japan’s $900 billion budget for the next fiscal year on Tuesday. It also paved the way for Fumio Kishida, the prime minister’s administration, to seek another spending package to support families suffering from rising food and fuel bills. As early as the 12-month budget from April 1, Kishida is under increasing pressure from ruling and opposition MPs; To compile a new stimulus package. To alleviate the economic shock caused by the increase in household taxes, which threatens the crisis in Ukraine.

According to a senior economist at the Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, targeted spending to mitigate the impact of rising fuel and food prices could be positive for the economy. However, the question is how to ensure efficient spending.

Parliament approved a $900 billion government package for fiscal 2022; The fourth-fastest pace in any post-war history for any annual budget. Lawmakers complained about the enormous costs, especially against the tensions imposed on the world’s third-largest economy by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government makes it a silent rule that any talk of an extra budget needed to fund another package of expenditures; Has to wait until the total budget passes the Japanese diet.

When Parliament has now approved the fiscal 2022 budget, The government can more openly consider the likelihood of a package of other costs. Kishida said last week that the government is ready to take further steps to mitigate the blow to rising energy costs; Towards a growing incentive package for growing political calls.

Shortly before the adopted budget, the party’s secretary-general indicated the need for a new stimulus. He also said that the party is ready to take various steps to alleviate the economic blow due to rising prices. Yuichiro Tamaki, the opposition party leader, demanded a new stimulus package on Friday worth 20 trillion yen. With the assumption that Japan is already experiencing stagflation.

The additional costs are likely to be financed by the issuance of government bonds. This move will strain Japan’s corrupted finances. The country’s economic growth is expected almost to stop this quarter. Coronavirus restrictions and delivery delays threaten recovery. Japan’s huge public debt – twice its $5 trillion economy. This limits the country’s ability to increase fiscal spending to support the economy.

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