Join M&G’s Jim Leaviss as he takes a spin through the prospects for Japan’s economy and bond markets.

Japan may be a world leader in computer games, but its economic woes in recent decades have been well documented and the country has continued to experience weak growth. However, with relatively stronger growth on the cards in 2017, an already tight labour market and a rising participation rate, incomes may finally start to rise over the next 12-24 months.

Meanwhile, although the Bank of Japan currently has a negative interest rate policy, the next rate move is more likely to be upwards. What impact might this have on Japan’s government bond market, especially given the prospect of rating agency downgrades due to its debt-to-GDP ratio of over 200%?

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