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The United States of Japan

The United States of Japan

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  • There is some truth to this: Japan has gone through some important transitions one step ahead of us. This gives us an opportunity to learn lessons from Japan. This was important during the 2008 financial crisis, when key US policy makers like Bernanke and Geithner took quick action to avoid the same

    There is some truth to this: Japan has gone through some important transitions one step ahead of us. This gives us an opportunity to learn lessons from Japan. This was important during the 2008 financial crisis, when key US policy makers like Bernanke and Geithner took quick action to avoid the same fate.

    There are also major differences though. Japan has never been open to immigration, so they are dealing with a much more serious demographic problem compared to us. Silicon Valley has been more successful in harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship. Japan also has much to learn from us.

  • Some journalists come over to Japan and seem a bit disappointed that we don't look as miserable as portrayed in economics articles. Such is the influence of sensationalist media that it hardly makes news to say people are living pretty much okay with a different set of characteristics with different

    Some journalists come over to Japan and seem a bit disappointed that we don't look as miserable as portrayed in economics articles. Such is the influence of sensationalist media that it hardly makes news to say people are living pretty much okay with a different set of characteristics with different tradeoffs. I respect journalists who know how to capture the nuances.

    Nevertheless, living at the end of the world is a comforting idea.

    And despite everything, Toys 'R' Us is alive and well in Japan:D

  • “We’re all groping for meaning in the same post-industrial haze. If this is the end of the world, it is a happy end of the world, to borrow the title of an album by the Japanese band Pizzicato Five.”

  • Pizzicato Five! I haven’t thought of them in years. My all time favorite Japanese band is The Boredoms. If you like really intense percussion, give them a shot.

  • I am waiting for the next Japanese import: home cooking and izakaya food now that sushi is ubiquitous.

  • Though many see Japan as a relic of the past, it is proving to be ahead of the curve in terms of navigating the fundamental shifts that are shaping the global economy: declining birth rate, slowing economic growth, automation of jobs, and resistance to immigration. There's a lot to be learned from how

    Though many see Japan as a relic of the past, it is proving to be ahead of the curve in terms of navigating the fundamental shifts that are shaping the global economy: declining birth rate, slowing economic growth, automation of jobs, and resistance to immigration. There's a lot to be learned from how they navigate these challenges.

  • “A cynic would point out that the life-changing Japanese magic of tidying up is a ploy to divest ourselves of all the Walkmans and Tamagotchis and other tchotchkes that Japan convinced us to buy in the first place.”

    The most important takeaway from this article is that economic growth is not forever

    “A cynic would point out that the life-changing Japanese magic of tidying up is a ploy to divest ourselves of all the Walkmans and Tamagotchis and other tchotchkes that Japan convinced us to buy in the first place.”

    The most important takeaway from this article is that economic growth is not forever. Our lifestyles, spending habits, and economies must conform to this.

  • Japanese art of decluttering.” Its guru, Marie Kondo, lives in Japan. She generally relies on an interpreter, and it has been four years since she published a book in the U.S. While she has largely fallen off the radar in her home country, her popularity shows no signs of waning among Americans.

  • good article! having experienced the cultural antithesis of South East Asia and Central America in some detail, this was a fascinating viewpoint. the 🌊 arrives beutiful, majestic and powerful. the storm surge raises the level for waves, yet can destroy, cause havoc, and forever change the shoreline.

  • One very significant difference between the United States and Japan is their relative lack of diversity. The article makes the mistake of not realizing we are more than the well to do, or relatively well to do.