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In short, the economy had not yet emerged from its post-bubble deflationary path and policy was still in post-bubble deflation-fighting, financial system-stabilising mode. The authorities continued to use two central planks of policy—financial stabilisation policy centring on guarantees of bank deposits, and monetary policy—to ‘play for time’ and ‘bank on growth’. The problem is that, as in the past, these policies were unlikely to deliver an end to deflation and a transition to sustainable growth.

00 Jul-04 Jul-05 Jul-06 Source: Bank of Japan. If actions speak louder than words, the transmission channel that the authorities are really prepared to use is the exchange rate. 4). 13). In the course of accumulating so many foreign reserves, the Ministry of Finance literally ran out of money, running up against its Diet-authorised borrowing limit by the end of 2003. Not to be deterred, the Ministry of Finance temporarily ‘borrowed’ the central bank’s balance sheet, by entering an agreement with the Bank of Japan on 26 December to purchase up to 10 trillion yen of the Ministry’s foreign exchange reserves (which it did in the first two months of 2004).

AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND THE REGION 2 31 AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND THE REGION THE WEST NEW GUINEA DISPUTE, 1952–1962 David Walton Indonesian and Dutch claims over West New Guinea in the period 1949 to 1962 presented one of the first opportunities for regional dialogue in post-war Australia-Japan relations. The aims of this chapter are to chart changes in the Australian attitude towards Japan’s role in regional affairs and to examine how dialogue on West New Guinea assisted in laying the foundations for further regional cooperation and consultation between the two countries.

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