According to Kihara, “the biggest challenge for Japan’s economy is a lack of wage growth,” which is keeping consumerism down.
“The government will increase its focus on achieving wage growth. This is particularly important because prices are rising,” Kihara added.
The government is able to use a few methods to ensure wages see healthy growth in the new year, including offering tax incentives and examining how firms are allocating money to human resources departments.
In recent months, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has seen low approval ratings as the administration faces cabinet shake ups, soaring prices and a depleted yen.