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Lessons of the 1997 Financial Crisis in JapanKarube Kensuke

Japan’s economy is still under the grip of deflation and low growth, a situation that can be traced back to 1997 when a financial crisis led to the abrupt contraction of the economy. Two decades later, this article reviews what actually took place in November 1997.

The “Analects” and the Abacus: The Contemporary Relevance of Shibusawa Eiichi’s Business PhilosophyTanaka Kazuhiro

Shibusawa Eiichi, the “father of Japanese capitalism,” saw morality as an essential part of economic activity and stressed pursuit of the public interest. His ideas are attracting renewed attention in a time of concern over excesses in global capitalism.

First Year of Abenomics Boosts All Economic Indicators

Since returning to office on December 26, 2012, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has targeted economic recovery through his Abenomics policies. The first year has seen improvements in all areas, but what issues remain?

Understanding the Japan Agricultural CooperativesYamashita Kazuhito

The Japan Agricultural Cooperatives group, or the JA, continues to command power and influence despite the decline of Japanese agriculture. Yamashita Kazuhito explains how this has come to pass and looks at the implications of JA opposition to Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Impact of Abenomics on Japan’s Economy

Abenomics, the prime minister’s economic recipe for Japanese revival, will figure largely in the House of Councillors election on July 21, 2013. In the following we look at how economic indicators have moved in response to Abe Shinzō’s new policies.

The Future of the Japan-Australia PartnershipOgoura Kazuo

In October 2012, the Australian government published a white paper outlining the country’s Asia policy for the twenty-first century. Titled “Australia in the Asian Century,” the white paper examined the policies Australia needs to adopt to make the most of the opportunities presented by the burgeoning Asian economy. The publication of the white paper is itself symbolic of the seriousness of Aus…

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