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My hunch is that those are sure signs that something unsustainable is probably going on.


Seems to be sustainable in Japan.

The leading interest rate for the Flat 35 loan was 1.29% in May 2019, which is over double the rate some megabanks are giving their preferred customers for full-term variable rate mortgage loans (the lowest of which is 0.525%).

https://resources.realestate.co.jp/buy/getting-a-variable-ra...

I believe, as always, that Japan is the roadmap for the future. As regards disinflation/deflation, zero interest rates and large permanent government deficits required to keep the economy growing (weakly), Japan is merely ahead of the rest of the developed world by about 2 decades.
The only divergence seems to be in stock market performance. I would really like to know why Japan’s stock market is underperforming.
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