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Struggling to generate inflation even now

While inflation in most advanced economies is now well above central banks’ targets, it is still negative in Japan. This is largely due to idiosyncratic factors that should fade by the middle of next year. Even so, inflation won’t reach the Bank of Japan’s 2% target anytime soon.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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