Friday, January 16, 2015
Expenditures at 96.3 trillion yen (826 billion dollars) will be the highest ever, with almost one-quarter allocated to servicing the government's debt. However, the deficit is scheduled to fall because of higher revenues. The budget plans convey economic and political messages.
- Last year's pain from the increased consumption tax will yield higher revenues and lower deficits.
- Monetary easing that pushed down the yen will boost corporate profits from foreign sales and expand tax revenues.
- Sales of government-held shares in former public corporations could generate substantial one-time revenues if politics allow it.
- Higher defence spending, while cutting education and science, reveals some of Abe's priorities.