Japanese prime minister Abe speaking in Tokyo - 26 Dec 2017

  • Economy has been the no. 1 priority over the past 5 years
  • Economic conditions are good for small firms as well
  • Wants companies to raise wages by 3% or more at next year's wage negotiations (in spring)
  • Wants firms to completely end deflationary-mindset in 2018

Some comments on the economy by Abe, touching a little on deflation at least - echoing that of Kuroda at the BOJ meeting last week here.

By the way, in case you're wondering, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand markets are closed today in APAC. And over in Europe, we have Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and UK banks on holiday as well.