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Japanification of Europe Is Here and Escape Isn't Easy, ING Says

The euro area’s anemic growth and inflation mean it’s probably already experiencing its own Japanification, and escape could prove hard if the Asian nation’s track record is any guide, according to ING Group.

Europe’s situation has long left it open to comparisons with Japan in the 1990s. In a report on Monday, ING lists similarities including an increase in government debt, a buildup of bad loans at banks, an aging population and huge monetary policy loosening.