COVID-19 remains a factor fueling uncertainty in 2022, and analysts will be watching to see the effects of the omicron variant in Japan. Semiconductor chip shortages and rising prices of energy and resources could also disrupt the economy. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s handling of the pandemic will come under scrutiny as voters go to the polls for the House of Councillors election, expected to be held in the summer.
(Originally published in Japanese on January 2, 2022. Banner photo: Citizens line up outside a bank in Naha to exchange dollars for yen before Okinawa returns to Japanese rule in 1972. © Jiji.)

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