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Japan Still a Big Concern; More so Than Greece?

March 1st, 2010 Michael McDonough

While all eyes remain on Greece, Japan’s fundementals continue to weaken, and in some instances look worse than Greece.  There are of course numerous technical and economic differences between the two nations; however, I do not believe Japan’s current deficits and debt load will be sustainable without drastic changes.  This is an update from my piece titled ‘Positioning Yourself for Japan’s Potential Demise…’.  The charts below illustrate some areas of concers for the Land of the Rising Sun:

Fiscal Deficit

Source: Bloomberg

 

Debt to GDP

Source: Bloomberg

 GDP Growth

Source: Bloomberg

Debt Coming Due % of GDP

Source: Bloomberg

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