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February 08, 2018

Japan’s Demographic Advantages

Broad pessimism evoked by Japan’s shrinking population may be misguided. Takeo Hoshi shows that productivity growth is a far more ...

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January 29, 2018

Getting Down-to-Earth about Work-Style Reform

As the Diet takes up legislation designed to change Japanese “work styles” and curtail excessive overtime, labor expert Ryo Kambayashi ...

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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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July 16, 2015

The Unchanging Face of Japanese Employment

The employment practices for which Japanese business gained fame—and later notoriety—are alive and well according to economist Ryo Kambayashi, who ...

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October 12, 2010

9. The Keynesian Postulate of Money: Wage Stickiness as the Stabilizer of the Capitalist Economy

Once we accept that workers are not isolated individuals whose aim is merely to seek their own well-being, but social ...

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August 04, 2010

Agar

Kanten, or agar, is a gelatinous substance that is essential in Japanese confectionery. Unlike animal gelatin, kanten is a healthy, ...

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March 01, 2010

2. Capitalism: A System Based on Speculation

What is speculation? In general terms, it means to conjecture without firm evidence, and in particular refers to the act ...

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January 08, 2010

Yakihata Turnips

Swidden agriculture, known in Japanese as yakihata ("burned field") farming, has been conducted in Japan for several centuries. In contrast ...

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November 24, 2009

Pan-Fired Tea (2) 

Japanese tea owes its green color to the lack of fermentation. While steamed teas are far more common, there ...

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November 04, 2009

Pan-Fired Tea (1)

Japanese tea owes its green color to the lack of fermentation. While steamed teas are far more common, there is ...

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