Gov't plans to spend Y10 tril on public works in 15 months

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  • -4

    kurisupisu

    Everywhere I drive I see cracks in the road.Some port roads I drive on have major deformations. It is apparent that there is overuse of the roads here. Japan needs a smaller population not a bigger one

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    sillygirl

    This money should be used in large part for maintainence as proven by the fukushima ongoing crisis, the collapsed tunnel and more. These accidents are a direct result of no maintainence or falsified records.

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    Yubaru

    What do you buy the nation that already seems to have everything?

    This has got to be the joke of the year!

  • 1

    some14some

    It's a small spending when you look at Abe's ambitious plan i.e. easy monetary policy, country of rising sun and rising debt !

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    Yubaru

    This money should be used in large part for maintainence as proven by the fukushima ongoing crisis, the collapsed tunnel and more. These accidents are a direct result of no maintainence or falsified records.

    The money for Fukushima is a different part of the budget and for the most part has already been allocated. Also only using it for maintenance of nuclear reactors would do little if anything for the economy and is targeting only a specific and limited part of it.

    I agree however that instead of new projects, maintaing and fixing the infrstructure should be focused on.

    Sadly politicians like Abe can only see the short-term possible results and not the long term mess that they are creating for the grandchildren and great grandchildren of this nation who are going to have to pay it back.

  • 8

    Icecreampoliticsfova

    It should be obvious after the Fukushima nuclear desaster, but spend it on Solar Panels and Wind Parks. And while you're at it, put your electric cables underground and install nationwide heating.

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    Speed

    Shikoku has no shinkansen. The expressways are still unconnected and have gaps into between them. Abe could use some of the money here.

    He should also use government money to subsidize companies to build branches (or headquarters) in the countryside. Especially IT companies that don't necessarily need to be in big cities. This would help stop the hallowing out of the countryside and hopefully move people out of the overcrowded big cities like Tokyo.

    Although unrelated, give us a pro baseball team! Every other major island has one (or 10)!

  • 11

    JeffLee

    What do you buy the nation that already seems to have everything?

    Insulation in homes. Central heating, triple glazing. Grass in parks and soccer pitches. More tennis courts (reservations are absolutely impossible on weekends.) Functional parks (where sports aren't banned, LOL). Sidewalks (there are none in my Tokyo neighborhood), boulevards, more seats on trains, bigger buses., wider roads...

    Actually, the list goes on and on and on and on.

  • 6

    nostromo

    Insulation in homes. Central heating, triple glazing. Grass in parks and soccer pitches. More tennis courts (reservations are absolutely impossible on weekends.) Functional parks (where sports aren't banned, LOL). Sidewalks (there are none in my Tokyo neighborhood), boulevards, more seats on trains, bigger buses., wider roads...

    all the things supposed 1st world countries aspire to.....

  • 7

    Steve Fabricant

    Thank you Japan Today for a rare article that doesn't bend over backwards to kiss the government's asphalt.

  • 2

    hokkaidoguy

    Japan only "seems to have everything" if you never venture outside of Tokyo.

    Those 500km of expressways would provide a real long term economic boost up here.

  • 3

    Kronos

    Time for growth seems to be over. Maybe it is time for Japan to get used to the ideas that being stable or shrinking in a self-sustainable way are not actually bad things.

  • 8

    globalwatcher

    What do you buy the nation that already seems to have everything?

    Apparently, some Japanese believe they have everything, but Japanese have to ask these questions listed below.

    The truth is Japanese are not catching up with the rest of the developed countries.. Japanese are still living a shoe size box house, a long commuting hours, expensive food and utilities, elders looking for long term care facilities that are not often available and hospitals needing many upgrades.

    Well, I am not a judge, you live there and I do not. You tell me if you have everything, do you? Is your government distributing a wealth of nation back to you accordingly?

  • 2

    kurisupisu

    And how about covering up the open drains?

  • 2

    Cortes Elijah

    Bigger roads. I'm always stuck in traffic jams!

  • 13

    kanuk

    I don't often comment on Japan Today, but this article made me wince. I agree with "globalwatcher" and JeffLee.

    Has the author ever been to Japan? Underground wiring, hundred year old school buildings with no heat or air conditioning. Third world conditions for students...

    Bringing buildings and schools up to modern specifications would take care of Abe's trillions easily.

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    Steve Mcgrew

    Japan should spend a little bit of money on cleaning up the mess that is floating in the pacific ocean and landing on foreign shores..We see it everyday here in Alaska,what a mess. Also,it would be nice to hear how Abe San can come up with trillions of yen for everything Japan does not need but for reasons un-kown there are still people living in temporary shelters and waiting patiently for some relief and very little being spent on the clean up efforts.

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    wanderlust

    Spending money to improve the actual Quality of Life would be nice, rather than concreting the few remaining river banks and pristine stretches of coastline, or building more roads to nowhere. Agree with others that a greater focus on maintenance rather than the usual build and forget projects would be valuable. Can't help thinking that Japan is a rich country, with poor people, exchange rate not withstanding...

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    Patricia Yarrow

    T O H O K U

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    Disillusioned

    Economists warn that, without reforms to lift Japan’s long-term growth potential, more such spending will produce only a temporary jolt that swells a government debt already worth more than double national output.

    There is Abe-nomics' in a nutshell! All of his economic policies are only a 'quick fix bandaid' and, in the long run, will do more damage to an already shattered economy. His policies are only to make him seem as if he is changing Japan's economic situation and the minions are buying into it. How many public works projects still lay unfinished from 20 years ago? There are 'roads to know where' all over the place and when the 'revolving door of PMs' spins again in the near future he will leave another trail of unfinished projects and more debt. Economists, both domestic and foreign, have been warning him that his economic policies are reckless and this article backs up their fears.

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    Scrote

    They already have too many stadia, concert halls, roads etc that they cannot afford to maintain, yet Abe proposes building more. His 無駄ノミクス (mudanomics) will bankrupt the country.

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    songwillem2011

    Here's an idea close down lots of roads, airports and other public sites that are no longer needed for a shrinking population and sell that land to private owners. You'd drive the housing prices and land owner prices down and the government would make money for itself by privatizing land ownership. In a country with such expensive land I'm sure the people will jump at the idea of having more and cheaper land to move into and away from over-crowded cities and doing so would reduce the need for roads thus allowing even more land to be freed up for private sales. And then while they're at it put that money into patching up the now "fewer" numbers of public works that need fixing and start building or completing renewable energy power sources so as to drive down prices on everything including manufacturing exports.

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    yawara

    Spend on making Japan beautiful again , get rid of the ugly power and telephone lines , that will employ 1000's of people

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    Ichiro20

    Maybe he should just loan the money on some countries and invest in those countries that has a loan with Japan, build relationships with those nations and maybe send some of its people in some other countries too. That might also help Japan's population in the future... but anyway, just an idea rofl. (I seriously have no idea to run a country - please don't hit me lol)

    To become wise, a person's goal should be to roam the world that way he'll learn a lot of cultures, attitude, and all sorts of stuff, once he goes back to his home country, he can bring a lot of things he can never have on his country. Therefore, Japanese people shouldn't trap themselves in their own country. So far, I wonder why i only see very few japanese tourist in many foreign countries >.<

    They should go out of their box some more.. maybe they could grow even bigger, stronger, wiser....

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    songwillem2011

    @Ichiro20 That's actually a really good idea however I believe that most countries owe Japan a lot already anyway. America owes Japan about $0.91 trillion, incidentally they owe China about $1.01. Reminds of the movie Dictator when he says "America. Owned by the Chinese!". I remember saying to friend don't forget the Japanese lol. Recently you might have read that Japan cancelled Myanmar's debt to it worth some $3.5 billion. One scenario I believe would significantly improve Japan's economy would be if the government cancelled "all" the debt countries owed them. It's not like those countries can really afford to pay back Japan anyway and doing so may very well prompt those nations to go on a massive "Buy Made in Japan only" spree while stabilizing their own economy. Unless the Japanese government is actually getting income from that debt. I can imagine that the Americans would go absolutely nuts over not having $0.91 trillion in debt anymore. There would still be the other $5 trillion (if I recall correctly) though :p.

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    FightingViking

    "We cannot simply continue to build roads and infrastructure the way we used to at a time when the population is aging and shrinking," says Takayoshi Igarashi, a public policy professor at Japan’s Hosei University who has advised the previous Democrat administration on rebuilding from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident.

    Damn right ! Get your priorities straight Abe-san !

  • 3

    sillygirl

    Because they are squeezing us for money in the form of extra taxes Fukushima is now "public works" as far as my wallet and bank account are concerned.

  • 4

    YongYang

    Pork Barrelling to bankcruptcy, the Yakuza will be the biggest earners from this. Joe Suzuki will get shafted. As usual.

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    hokkaidoguy

    yawara: Spend on making Japan beautiful again , get rid of the ugly power and telephone lines , that will employ 1000's of people

    Underground cables are great if you live somewhere that doesn't have earthquakes. Take a look at the Christchurch quake aftermath if you don't believe me.

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    songwillem2011

    Does anyone even think there's a way out for countries like Japan and the US besides huge spending cuts and austerity measures while simply accepting that they're no longer at the top of world and quietly finding a corner?

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    Kimokekahuna Hawaii

    you know.. America needs big investment into infrastructure.. dont even have one bullet train.. he is in Washington and Obama would make him some kind of deal.. if you dont feel you need more gov't spending on things that you dont need.. then support Toyota and Sony to make full on push to support economy in America... stave off Samsung, Kia, Hyundai, etc... just a thought..

  • 3

    Kabukilover

    Welcome back LDP: The same old faces and the same old feces. "Public works" is in fact pork. Pork barrel politics is what kept the LDP in power for years. We are continuing to reap the ruin of those years in the form of a collapsed badly built tunnel, a useless unfinished dam, one of the worst nuclear disasters in the world--maybe the worst--and, of course, whaling, which has given Japan the other stock pile (whale meat) that no one wants. Japan's worst stockpile is spent nuclear waste. It was supposed to fuel another LDP pork barrel project, the Monju reactor, which is a total failure. The LDP has proved that they do not seem to realize that this is not 1973 but 2013.

    Fukushima is the most important "public work" that needs attention, even though that is not where the votes are.

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    Seirei Tobimatsu

    If J & US empowered use funds right, they''ll upgrade to more humane more ecological production & consumption as the model for the emerging powers.

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    tmarie

    Daycares anyone?! The yak get their construction money, the government gets their brides and families get a chance to have both parents working so more taxes as paid and more jobs are created. There is no reason for waiting lists in Japan if Abe wants to throw money around on projects.

    Why not build new schools and get rid of the old, nasty ones? Consolidate them and sell the land for homes.

    Retirement homes. Better hospitals. The ones near me are shockingly old and run down.

    Fix the tunnels, old bridges, and horrible roads. We don't need new things. We need things maintained and upgraded.

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    JeffLee

    America needs big investment into infrastructure.. dont even have one bullet train.

    No, but it has the world's most advanced freight rail system. Japan's freight rail system is tiny by comparison.

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    borscht

    I would suggest putting those trillion plus yen into raising teachers' salaries, hiring more teachers, and reducing class size in all public schools but starting at the elementary level. Simultaneously, support teachers' education by lowering the number of hours and days they work. Also, provide more teaching materials so teachers don't have to buy paper, scissors etc out of their own pockets.

    This won't produce instant results but it will improve educational standards which just might produce citizens willing to think.

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    Yubaru

    Here is a thought, ensure that ZERO yen gets spent in Tokyo, seeing as how the past Gov and current one seem to have plenty of money to waste on bids for the Olympics, Tokyo doesnt need any stimulus package assistance.

    Send the money out to areas of the country that need economic help, like the towns in Hokkaido, or outer islands of Okinawa that have no doctors. Spend the money to FULLY fund the Doctor Helicopter services down here that live 100% off of donated money and nothing from the government.

    Practical applications that would have far reaching effects for the population in general and not just fixated on Tokyo.

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    CrAiGnEggS

    Education!! Invest in people, not things people use.

  • -1

    YuriOtani

    How about rebuilding peoples homes, towns and make better Tsunami walls?

  • -1

    moomoochoo

    They should spend the money on lasers.

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    umbrella

    Decent housing. Decent school buildings. Decent hospitals. Decent day care facilities. Decent old people's homes. There, solved!

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    smithinjapan

    “We won’t do public work projects only for the sake of building.”

    Yeah, we believe you.

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    Yubaru

    I would suggest putting those trillion plus yen into raising teachers' salaries, hiring more teachers, and reducing class size in all public schools but starting at the elementary level.

    While I wholeheartedly agree with this the sad part is that teachers here are, full time "hires" that is, are koumuin, or government employees and their wages are set by the government. Teachers here need to be set up under a different compensation system for the work that they do and not be included or grouped together with other government workers.

  • 0

    globalwatcher

    Thanks to Japan’s low birthrate, the population is declining by more than quarter of a million a year, government statistics show, with its working-age population shrinking at double that pace. According to Health Ministry projections the number of Japanese is expected to fall by nearly a third, to below 90 million, by 2060.

    1)This is the most critical element of Japan's problem compared to other countries.

    Abenomics will not work unless Japan(both Private Sector and Public Sector) seriously works together on economic reform based on the problem (1).

    In the 2000s and thereafter, the low growth of Japan was mainly attributed to changes in demographics by rapid population aging and population decline. This is where efficiency and productivity plays very critical role in labor economics that has to be improved or streamlined by technology development and/ or hiring more immigrant workers.

    (2 The decline in wage levels also contributed to deflation through a decline in the prices of goods and services which are labor intensive. While Japan was relatively low in unemployment compared to US and Europe as the wage level of Japan remained flexible and has been continue declining. When the labor force was losing purchasing power and the jobs are evaporating, the same labor force (consumers) stop spending.

    BOJ did everything they could, but the sky has a limit because the LDP did not do anything to solve these problems during the lost decades as I listed above except pouring money for pork projects to nowhere. Now they are trying to correct their own mistakes they made in the past. Unless the LDP really focus on JOB, JOB, JOB by implementing product innovation for Domestic Consumer Spending model instead of focusing on export driven economy, Japan will tank even deeper beyond repair.

    Keep it mind DEBT/GDP is currently at 214%.

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    globalwatcher

    Economists warn that, without reforms to lift Japan’s long-term growth potential, more such spending will produce only a temporary jolt that swells a government debt already worth more than double national output.

    Well, my previous post is missing the second important element for long term growth. I am a strong believer of the Wealth of Nation by Adam Smith. You can only take in control when investing in EDUCATION and R&D. Japan needs to reform the current failing systems. The diploma without higher skills goes nowhere.

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    bruinfan

    @Scrote

    "They already have too many stadia, concert halls, roads etc that they cannot afford to maintain, yet Abe proposes building more. His 無駄ノミクス (mudanomics) will bankrupt the country."

    You called a spade a spade...

  • -1

    Nonubusiness

    Build giant robots to thwart any potential alien invasions!

    Why has nobody mentioned this yet?

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    globalwatcher

    NonubusinessFeb. 24, 2013 - 11:48PM JST

    Build giant robots to thwart any potential alien invasions!

    Why has nobody mentioned this yet?

    Because robots are not smart. They can only perform the jobs the way how they are programmed. Do you think robots are smarter than you?

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    JaneM

    In addition to better insulated homes and other things mentioned above, Japan needs facilities for elderly and child-care centers, which, in addition to creating jobs, will also enable mothers and people who have to quit their jobs to take care of their aging parents to work. With the great number of people who are going to retire in the next 5 or so years, Japan will indeed need more people in the workforce.

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    globalwatcher

    JaneMFeb. 25, 2013 - 11:29AM JST

    In addition to better insulated homes and other things mentioned above, Japan needs facilities for elderly and child-care centers, which, in addition to creating jobs, will also enable mothers and people who have to quit their jobs to take care of their aging parents to work. With the great number of people who are going to retire in the next 5 or so years, Japan will indeed need more people in the workforce.

    This is where US investors see this as an opportunity. Many professional assisted living organizations are thinking to move in with upgraded medical systems.

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    bruinfan

    Someone must be working for a construction company that is handing out these negs. I usually get positive feedback on posts (check my record), but I am not afraid of calling a spade a spade.

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    PT24881

    Interestingly, Why one has to devote the trillion to a specific sector and within a short space of time ? Beware that half of money be handed out by the govt through borrowings from YOU innocent citizens -- have you been granted a say in this project ?

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