Krugman disagrees with Hiroko Tabuchi

Last week Hiroko Tabuchi’s article in the NYT, Rising Debt a Threat to Japanese Economy, painted a pretty grim picture of Japan’s significant debt and what that could mean to the future of Japan. What many may not have seen is Paul Krugman’s comment on his blog, Is Japan on the fiscal brink?, where he basically says that the market does not see any problem in Japanese bond yields being low- that the market expects this. If you were concerned by Tabuchi’s article, which is more speculative, it’s important to look at the market itself, as Krugman does, to see that that this issue is not much of an issue at present.