Category Archives: Japan

WSJ: Asia’s Promise Gives Way to Its Growing List of Troubles

The Wall Street Journal ran an essay entitled “Asia’s Promise Gives Way to Its Growing List of Troubles”. Here are a few sections (not in order) and my disagreements: Asia’s second looming problem is demographic. Japan began losing population in … Continue reading

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The Washington Post: “Japanese nuclear plant just recorded an astronomical radiation level. Should we be worried?”

The Washington Post recently printed another bad article on the cleanup efforts at the Fukushima nuclear plant site. It does correct misperceptions found in earlier articles from other news outlets but includes: “So should the people who live in Japan, … Continue reading

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Sheila Smith’s take on the TPP and a potential trade war with China

Here is part of a post I sent to the NBR Japan Forum, responding to Council on Foreign Relations Sheila Smith’s essay: U.S.-Japan Relations in a Trump Administration 1. Smith wrote: “A trade war with China [and the U.S.] would … Continue reading

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UNSCEAR finds cancer rise from Fukushima “inconceivable”

I hadn’t looked up anything on Fukushima for a while so went back to The Hiroshima Syndrome blog where the Monday and Thursday detailed updates continue. He reports what The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Asahi Shimbun … Continue reading

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Noah Smith on “Japan’s Growing Poverty” (that really isn’t growing)

Noah Smith writes wrote that he is leaving academics to work full time at Bloomberg as an economics writer. (He lived in Osaka, Japan for three years in the early 2000s) Congratulations to him on that. I then looked to … Continue reading

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Are declining real wages in Japan driving poverty, inequality and the suicide rate?

Economist Noah Smith wrote in his latest Bloomberg article: [Economist] Kamesaka says that wages are the key to Japan’s suicide rate, which has fallen a bit recently but is still among the highest in the developed world. Japanese real wages … Continue reading

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The WaPo says: “We can probably start to relax about radioactive seafood”

The Washington Post recently printed another fifth anniversary of Fukushima story. Once again, here are some problems with the article: 1. The title: “With Fukushima’s fifth year anniversary approaching, we can probably start to relax about radioactive seafood” This is … Continue reading

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