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Meet the Japanese girl band whose skirts get shorter when the Nikkei rises

To get an idea of how Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is faring in his quest to lift his country out of two decades of stagnation, look no further than the skirts of the girl group Machikado Keiki Japan.

The band, whose name translates roughly as "street corner economic conditions", became a bellwether for the health of the world's third biggest economy earlier this year when they promised to shorten their skirts every time the country's stock market made significant gains.

The four-member group's novel economic indicator has raised a few eyebrows – not least because one of the members is a 16-year-old schoolgirl – but there is no faulting their interest in the fortunes of the Nikkei 225 stock index.

Their debut single, Abeno Mix – complete with unlikely singalong references to quantitative easing and construction bonds – takes its cue from Abenomics, an ambitious programme of fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms that its chief architect believes will lift Japan out of 20 years of deflationary purgatory.

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So, for us males, the question is

how much do they raise their skirts for how much stock market gain. And what will the stock market have to go to for them to wind up just wearing a belt?

They need to start buying material

The planned economic collapse for the asian sphere begins in Japan. They have their Roth-Zio-IzUnreal false debt bank printing compounding counterfit national out of thin air at a roth-zio keyboard. Inflating counterfit false debt. They will be one of the first if not the first to go.


If they sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks...

...does it mean I'm old?

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ


90% of Japanese music sounds like the chipmunks.