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September 18, 2018

The Bane of a “Bubble Era” Tax Windfall
Why Higher Tax Revenue Is No Cause for Celebration

Newspaper headlines talked of a “26-year high” in tax income, reaching levels not seen since the bubble years. The claim ...

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August 15, 2018

How to Solve Intergenerational Problems
The Increasing Importance of Policies That Nurture Altruism

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the level of intergenerational altruism was low, but with economic growth and the accumulation of ...

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April 18, 2018

How to Represent the Interests of Future Generations Now

What does it take to make people more altruistic toward future generations? ...

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January 22, 2018

Japan’s Economic Outlook in 2018 and Beyond
An Interview with Takeo Hoshi

Economist Takeo Hoshi, chair of the board of the Tokyo Foundation, talks about the successes of Abenomics, prospects for economic ...

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November 09, 2017

Advance Planning for Fiscal Insolvency

With a fiscal deficit more than twice its gross domestic product and a rapidly aging society, Japan needs a Plan ...

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July 31, 2017

Writing Fiscal Responsibility into the Social Contract

As the Abe cabinet eyes corporate-level reforms to spur growth, economist Keiichiro Kobayashi suggests that the real source of Japan’s ...

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May 01, 2017

Tapping into Senior Power
A More Balanced Approach to Fiscal Sustainability

An economist and social security expert questions the economic orthodoxy of boosting taxes and cutting benefits as the key to ...

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February 20, 2017

The Japanese Economy in 2017 (1)
Is Abenomics Working?

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing daunting challenges in 2017 as it continues its struggle to revitalize ...

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August 25, 2016

To Revive the Economy, Empower the Middle Class
Redistribution as the Key to Revitalization

In a recent piece in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Shigeki Morinobu calls for a working tax credit and other measures ...

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April 11, 2016

The False Promise of Reduced Consumption-Tax Rates
A Plea for Targeted Credits

The government’s plan to exempt food and drink from the consumption-tax hike scheduled for April 2017 is a serious mistake, ...

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