Japan says economic recovery “unpredictable”

Japan.jpgThe blog has learnt to be sceptical when new political leaders announce new directions for their country, after winning elections.

But its Japanese friends emphasised at EPCA that real change might be taking place in Japan, after 50 years of LDP government.

This, of course, could have a major impact on Asian politics. Japan is also the world’s 2nd largest economy, with GDP of $5trn, and a leading player in global chemical markets.

New prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, certainly set out a new direction in his speech to parliament today, claiming that “we’re standing at a crossroads whether to go down a declining path by holding onto traditional thinking or find a new road fostered by new aspiration and ideas.”

He also played down hopes of a quick economic recovery, noting that “the financial and economic crisis has had a serious impact on the economy and unemployment, and things are still in an unpredictable state.”

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Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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