Borrowing a theme from my other blog Spittle-Flecked Ire (which I've been ignoring), I'd like to say these statements:
are based on exactly six data points across three countries. That is neither "a bunch" nor do they "indicate" anything. Here are the two data points for Japan:
It seems like confirmation bias. I still say RGDP growth will continue its post-2000 average for Japan, its post-2009 average for the US, and its post-2009 average for the EU. These predictions are based on hundreds of data points (in fact, all available data).
For completeness, here are the four other points: