1. Japan preparing $190 billion stimulus, govt spending less than half that: Sources

Japan preparing $190 billion stimulus, govt spending less than half that: Sources

The Japanese government is preparing a package of economic stimulus measures totalling $190 billion or more.

By: | Tokyo | Published: July 21, 2016 10:16 AM
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe preparing a big spending package to be announced as early as this month, the Bank of Japan will remain under pressure to expand monetary stimulus at its rate review on July 28-29, analysts say. (Reuters) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh off a national election victory, last week instructed his government to compile the measures by the end of the month.

The Japanese government is preparing a package of economic stimulus measures totalling $190 billion or more, though actual government spending is likely to be less than half that amount, sources involved in the process said on Thursday.

The package will have a headline figure of at least 20 trillion yen, the three sources told Reuters, marking the upper end of current market expectations. But they said direct spending from the national and local governments was on track to be something over 3 trillion yen, with some 6 trillion yen coming from the Fiscal Investment and Loan Programme, which is off the general budget.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh off a national election victory, last week instructed his government to compile the measures by the end of the month to revive a flagging economy in the face of sluggish private consumption and investment.

The stimulus – which Abe promised after telling a May summit of the Group of Seven industrial powers that efforts were needed to preempt a global recession – will include speeding up the completion of maglev train networks as part of a stimulus package to support the economy.

The package could expand, the sources said, during negotiations between the parties in Abe’s ruling coalition before his cabinet approves the measures on Aug. 2.

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