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Japan had been a holdout among major industrialized nations in allowing yields to rise

Rating action follows sovereign downgrade

Increased uncertainty over country’s political commitment to fiscal consolidation

Actions follow downgrade of the government of Japan’s rating

Outlook is stable

The government is confronting its long-standing deflation, with an aggressive tax policy and labour reform. Many portfolio managers are optimistic about the effects of the 2020 Olympics, predicting stock appreciation in some sectors

Japan’s adoption of quantitative easing will lead to an implosion in the bond market, suggest experts

Although it has flat-lined for two decades, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies. A new prime minister wants to boost growth by promoting consumer spending and a major expansion in public works

  • By: Brent Jolly
  • January 15, 2013 November 6, 2019
  • 00:00

Outlook stable

The move reflects the government’s reduced flexibility to provide financial assistance; insurance company ratings unchanged