In the canteen at Nomura's Tokyo headquarters, prices are rising faster than the wages the brokerage pays its staff.
Shinzo Abe won his snap election on Sunday and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and coalition partner maintained a supermajority, according to media exit polls, giving the Japanese prime minister a fresh mandate for his struggling strategy to revive the economy.
If Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were to call a snap election, it could extend the country's stock rally, but analysts say it would undermine confidence in his ability to put the economy back on a stable path in the longer-run.
Almost a year on from when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced the need for radical change to kick-start Japan's moribund economy, analysts remain divided over the success of 'Abenomics.'
The convincing victory by Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition in Sunday's election helps pave the way for long-awaited economic reforms, but only time will tell whether Abe seizes the opportunity to transform Japan.