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    No one can say yet with any confidence whether Japan's recent disasters will be the kick the country needed to break out of its long period of defaltion and stagnancy.

    Does the kick here mean "encouragement"? Is it naturally used here?

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    Yes. Encouragement is okay. A little better might be impetus. Kick is the best in my opinion.
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    jason, I guess you meant deflation, right?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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