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Japan Must Increase Risk To Release £3.6tr Assets

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Japan and the Japanese must urgently abandon their innate conservatism and become a nation of financially literate, aggressive risk-takers if the economy is to stand any chance of growth.

In a surprise warning by Japan’s Cabinet Office, the Government called on individuals, funds and corporations to become better “connoisseurs” of risk: a shift that could theoretically unlock some of the Y775 trillion (£3.6 trillion) of household assets sitting in bank deposit accounts.

“Japan's weak growth potential and companies' low profitability, arises from a shortage of risk-taking in various forms,” said a Cabinet Office report. "It is necessary for corporate Japan and households to become active risk-takers.”

By nurturing a generation of more demanding and discerning individual investors, Japan’s stock market might be able to build a better immunity to the sort of external shocks that have panicked foreign investors and sent shares into a nauseating churn of instability, said the report.

Yep give it over for the markets to lose!!!!

It appears consumers can't win, if they save they get told to spend, if you haven't saved you get to become indebted.

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I thought Japanese housewives were wrecking the currency traders forecasts, by borrowing $11 billion a day for the carry trade, that was in June 2008 :blink:

"The banks didn't reckon on the risk appetite of Japanese individuals"

"Japan's recovery has actually helped to weaken the yen by increasing the appetite of local investors for risk,

said Masafumi Yamamoto, currency economist at Nikko Citigroup Ltd. in Tokyo and a former Bank of Japan currency trader."


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