Koichi Hamada is a special adviser to prime minister Shinzo Abe and one of his closest confidants. That makes his comments, as The Telegraph reports, even more stunningly concerning. Focusing his attention on the fact that Japan must delay the 2nd stage of its planned consumption tax hike - for fear of derailing the 'recovery' - Hamada unwittingly, it seems, explains the terrible reality behind the so-called "godfather" of Abenomics' perspective on the extreme monetary policy he has unleashed...
Select stunning quotes that everyone should ignore and just BTFPonziD in Japan...
“The consumption tax hike is a great big turbulence to the Japanese economy. It may have erased almost two thirds of the benefits of Abenomics,” he told the Telegraph. “At the very least, a third of this great experiment is gone."
“I used to say that we should wait until the third quarter figures are out. However, by various economic indicators, the GDP figures cannot be very optimistic,” he added.
“We should increase the consumption tax in the intermediate future,” he said. “This first shock starting in April has been countered by a monetary counter-move. But can we risk another shock in this way?”
He also said that while he fully supported the Bank of Japan’s bond buying spree, he said there would be diminishing returns from quantitative easing the longer it went on.
“I completely agree with Kuroda’s direction of policy, as well as his strategy of keeping quiet and surprising the market. Of course, if you repeat the same kind of action then the impact will be weaker,” he said.
Marc Faber, the famous Swiss investor, has accused Japan of "engaging in a Ponzi scheme" because the BoJ is hoovering up most of the debt that has been issued by the government. While Mr Hamada agreed that Japan had created a "mild ponzi game", he also said it was a "feasible" one because of Japan's huge foreign reserves.
“In a Ponzi game you exhaust the lenders eventually, and of course Japanese taxpayers may revolt. But otherwise there are always new taxpayers, so this is a feasible Ponzi game, though I'm not saying it's good.”
Mr Hamada said it was important that Japanese policymakers sent a clear signal that the government was willing to do whatever it takes to smash deflation and pave the way for wage increases for millions of workers.
“I’m optimistic about wages, but the uncertainty is how long it takes," he said. Business is still in doubt about whether Abenomics will continue. If they know it will continue and the profits of export firms are really soaring, they will start to share that with their employees.”
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So to sum up... as long as the BoJ keeps buying stocks and bonds in ever-greater amounts (and Japan has more taxpayers to foot the bill) then the ponzi scheme can survive in its fiscally unsustainable way... what a total farce.
The next time someone comes on business media and says Buy Japan (for whetever reason), maybe a reminder that the architect of Abenomics has said that the policy is nothing short of an attempt to keep the Ponzo scheme of Japan alive.