Nariai Osamu
  • Nariai Osamu 
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Professor at Reitaku University. Born in Shimane Prefecture in 1948. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, where he majored in economics. Completed his doctoral studies in international cultural studies at Tōhoku University in 1999. Joined the Economic Planning Agency and was posted to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as an economist. Also dispatched to Brunei as a specialist by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Author of Exploring the Japanese Economy and other works.
The Untapped Potential of Japan and Its Young People2012.02.24

For Japan, 2011 was a year of disasters. What lessons can be gained from that turbulent year, which saw the outbreak of a global crisis of sovereign risk, fears of the second economic downturn since the 2008 financial crisis, and growing unemployment; and what are its challenges for 2012? Despite the unprecedented disaster arising from the March 11 earthquake and nuclear accident, the public se…

Japan Stands Idle in a World Rocked by Demonstrations2011.11.21

Youth-led demonstrations are spreading across the United States, the world’s sole economic superpower. The main cause of the rising tide of protest is the economic downturn in the US since the Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008 and the tensions arising from the absence of a substantial recovery. In the United States, real GDP grew by 4.8% between the second quarter of fiscal 2009 and the …

The Sorry State of Japan’s Public Finances2011.10.03

Japan’s public finances had already taken a turn for the worse before the March 11 earthquake, but the situation is likely to become even direr as a result of the disaster. Nariai Osamu, a professor and former government official, considers whether Japan can sort out its fiscal mess while paying for its recovery.

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