Japan Teeters Over

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 8:58 AM
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The first-quarter economic results for Japan were grim, revealing an annualized rate of contraction of -3.7% over the first three months.  Note that the earthquake struck on March 11, so there really are only a couple of weeks of "earthquake impact" in that number.

The next quarter’s numbers will be even grimmer (that’s a prediction), and this will catapult the Japanese deficit and sovereign-debt readings into brand-new territory.


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