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By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Leika Kihara

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan stands able to take all potential steps flexibly and with out hesitation when draw back dangers to the economic system emerge, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated, as a simmering Sino-U.S. commerce battle clouds the outlook for the export-reliant economic system.

Talking on Monday after his ruling coalition saved a stable majority in higher home elections, Abe pledged to proceed to make the economic system his high precedence, to place a decisive finish to roughly 20 years of deflation.

China’s slowing economic system, its commerce battle with america and spreading protectionism have led to a seventh straight month-to-month fall in Japan’s exports and weakened manufacturing unit output, threatening to derail the world’s third-largest economic system.

“Uncertainty stays over the worldwide financial outlook similar to commerce frictions and Britain’s exit from the European Union,” Abe informed a information convention. “We’ll reply to draw back dangers with out hesitation and take versatile and all potential steps.

“Based mostly on a secure political foundation, the Abe cupboard will take extra aggressive and daring financial measures than ever.”

Japanese policymakers are relying on stable home demand to offset the exterior headwinds, however a scheduled hike in gross sales tax, to 10% from 8% now, threatens that state of affairs, analysts say.

Abe has twice delayed the deliberate hike because the earlier tax enhance to eight%, from 5%, dealt a extreme blow to non-public consumption, which accounts for about 60% of the economic system, and triggered a deep financial downturn.

To stop a repeat of the tax hike ache, Abe’s authorities has earmarked 2 trillion yen ($18.53 billion) in stimulus measures on this fiscal 12 months’s funds together with free schooling, purchasing vouchers, tax breaks on automotive and housing purchases.

“We are going to underpin home consumption which accounts for the majority of the economic system by taking adequate measures,” Abe stated.

Late on Sunday, Abe stated he would take financial stimulus steps if there was a danger of the economic system faltering.

With financial coverage stretched, after greater than six years of simple cash has dried up the bond market and squeezed banks’ revenue margins, analysts say Japan should battle the following recession with fiscal stimulus via a mixture of financial easing.

“If the economic system falls right into a recession, Japan would resort to a large-scale fiscal stimulus with the Financial institution of Japan successfully financing debt via its yield curve management,” stated Ryutaro Kono, chief economist at BNP Paribas Securities.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto and Leika Kihara; Enhancing by Chang-Ran Kim and Clarence Fernandez)

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