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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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April 06, 2017

What a Border Adjustment Tax Will and Will Not Do

Often mistakenly considered a protectionist measure, a border adjustment tax, argues Takeo Hoshi, is actually not a trade-distorting mechanism but ...

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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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April 05, 2011

Financing Reconstruction with a Solidarity Tax

Facing tsunami recovery costs totaling at least 20 trillion yen, the Japanese government must convince the world of its ability ...

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January 11, 2011

Problems with Mandatory Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards

The Tokyo Foundation has issued a research paper identifying the basic features and problem areas of the International Financial Reporting ...

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August 27, 2009

Addressing the Problems in the Japanese Healthcare System

Japan has a healthcare system characterized by universal health insurance coverage, as all Japanese citizens belong to one of the ...

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August 25, 2009

Elections and Alternatives for Pension Reform (2)

Japan’s political parties have released their manifestos for the upcoming general election. Their platforms all offer some form of minimum-guaranteed ...

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August 07, 2009

Elections and Alternatives for Pension Reform (1)

One of the most rapidly aging nations in the world, Japan expects 40% of its population to be 65 or ...

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