The Japanese Economy
by David Flath
The Japanese Economy
by Takatoshi Ito, Takatoshi Itō
— Gary Saxonhouse, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan A comparative perspective and an analytic approach grounded in mainstream economics distinguish this broad, accessible introduction to the Japanese economy. Throughout, Ito utilizes standard economic concepts in comparing Japan with the United States in terms of economic performance, underlying institutions, and government policies.
Referring to cultural factors where appropriate, Ito subjects the basic facts about the Japanese economy to modern theoretical and empirical scrutiny, discussing macroeconomic growth, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policies, industrial structures and policies, the labor market, saving and investment, and international trade and finance.
Ito reviews relevant aspects of Japan’s history before launching into a broad analysis of the country’s markets and its economic policies. He concludes with a look at such contemporary economic issues as the Japanese distribution system, Japanese asset prices, and US-Japan trade conflicts.
The New, Emerging Japanese Economy
by Panos Mourdoukoutas
Princes of the Yen
by Richard Werner
According to the author, the most recent upheaval in the Japanese economy is the result of the policies of a central bank less concerned with stimulating the economy than with its own turf battles and its ideological agenda to change Japan’s economic structure. The book combines new historical research with an in-depth behind-the-scenes account of the bureaucratic competition between Japan’s most important institutions: the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Japan. Drawing on new economic data and first-hand eyewitness accounts, it reveals little known monetary policy tools at the core of Japan’s business cycle, identifies the key figures behind Japan’s economy, and discusses their agenda. The book also highlights the implications for the rest of the world, and raises important questions about the concentration of power within central banks.
The Japanese Economy
by Mitsuo Saito
This is an introduction to the Japanese economy. The general feature of the Japanese economy, together with its historical and geographical background, is first described. Its famous rapid economic growth in the 1960s are then analyzed quantitatively in the light of the econometric findings. The facts on the saving ratio, trade balances, technical progress, industrial structure, business cycles, economic development and so on are presented, and their relation to the economic performance are discussed. The elementary economic concepts and theories are also explained with illustrations from the Japanese economy, so that the book may be easily accessible to the general readers. The readers of the book will acquire a bird’s-eye view of the Japanese economy and the theoretical elucidation of its special features.
The Power to Compete
by Hiroshi Mikitani, Ryoichi Mikitani
Father and son – entrepreneur and economist – search for Japan’s economic cure
The Power to Compete tackles the issues central to the prosperity of Japan – and the world – in search of a cure for the “Japan Disease.” As founder and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world’s largest Internet companies, author Hiroshi Mikitani brings an entrepreneur’s perspective to bear on the country’s economic stagnation. Through a freewheeling and candid conversation with his economist father, Ryoichi Mikitani, the two examine the issues facing Japan, and explore possible roadmaps to revitalization. How can Japan overhaul its economy, education system, immigration, public infrastructure, and hold its own with China? Their ideas include applying business techniques like Key Performance Indicators to fix the economy, using information technology to cut government bureaucracy, and increasing the number of foreign firms with a head office in Japan. Readers gain rare insight into Japan’s future, from both academic and practical perspectives on the inside.
Mikitani argues that Japan’s tendency to shun international frameworks and hide from global realities is the root of the problem, while Mikitani Sr.’s background as an international economist puts the issue in perspective for a well-rounded look at today’s Japan.
- Examine the causes of Japan’s endless economic stagnation
- Discover the current efforts underway to enhance Japan’s competitiveness
- Learn how free market “Abenomics” affected Japan’s economy long-term
- See Japan’s issues from the perspective of an entrepreneur and an economist
Japan’s malaise is seated in a number of economic, business, political, and cultural issues, and this book doesn’t shy away from hot topics. More than a discussion of economics, this book is a conversation between father and son as they work through opposing perspectives to help their country find The Power to Compete.
Information, Incentives and Bargaining in the Japanese Economy
by Masahiko Aoki
The postwar Japanese economy
by Takafusa Nakamura
by William Pesek
In Japanization, Bloomberg columnist William Pesek—based in Tokyo—presents a detailed look at Japan’s continuing twenty-year economic slow-down, the political and economic reasons behind it, and the policies it could and should undertake to return to growth and influence. Despite new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s promise of economic revitalization, investor optimism about the future, and plenty of potential, Japanization reveals why things are unlikely to change any time soon.
Pesek argues that “Abenomics,” as the new policies are popularly referred to, is nothing more than a dressed-up version of the same old fiscal and monetary policies that have left Japan with crippling debt, interest rates at zero, and constant deflation. He explores the ten forces that are stunting Japan’s growth and offers prescriptions for fixing each one.
- Offers a skeptical counterpoint to the popular rosy narrative on the economic outlook for Japan
- Gives investors practical and detailed insight on the real condition of Japan’s economy
- Reveals ten factors stunting Japan’s growth and why they are unlikely to be solved any time soon
- Explains why most of what readers believe they know about Japan’s economy is wrong
- Includes case studies of some of the biggest Japanese companies, including Olympus, Japan Airlines, Sony, and Toyota, among others
For many investors, businesspeople, and economists, Japan’s long economic struggle is difficult to comprehend, particularly given the economic advantages it appears to have over its neighbors. Japanization offers a ground-level look at why its problems continue and what it can do to change course.