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Containment of Fukushima Leaks Poses Massive Challenges

News / September 4, 2013
In an interview with PBS NewsHour on September 3, Kenji Kushida speaks about the Japanese government's latest efforts to contain the leaking of radioactive water from Fukushima and the possible political fallout for Japan's ruling party.
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Inaugural Stanford Summer Juku on Japanese Political Economy

News / August 28, 2013
From August 18-22, the Japan Studies Program welcomed scholars of political science and economics to the Oksenberg conference room in Encina Hall for the first annual Stanford Summer Juku on the Japanese Political Economy.
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Most Downloaded Articles in 2013

News / August 26, 2013
JSP director Takeo Hoshi's coauthored article, "Japanese government debt and sustainability of fiscal policy," is the most downloaded article from the Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.
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New Shorenstein APARC book analyzes the rise, policies, and fall of Japan's DPJ

News / August 16, 2013
Japan under the DPJ endeavors to explain the DPJ's rapid rise to power in 2009, examines the limited policy change that occured while the party was in power, and analyzes what led to the party's dramatic fall in 2012.
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Fukushima Reinforces Worst Fears for Japanese Who Are Anti-Nuclear Power

News / August 8, 2013
How are the Japanese people reacting to the news of the continuing contamination leak and what does it mean for Japan's energy policy? In an interview with PBS NewsHour on August 8, Kenji Kushida speaks about what the government may do to stop the flow.
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Campaigning for a Progressive Japan

News / July 12, 2013
Corporate Affiliates visiting fellow alumnus Hirofumi Takinami makes a successful bid for Japan's upper house as an LDP candidate.
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Why did Japan stop growing?

News / July 8, 2013
Professor Takeo Hoshi gives a lecture on Japan's economy at Australian National University Crawford School on March 28, 2013.
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Japan Studies Program at APARC receives grant from Sasakawa Peace Foundation

News / July 8, 2013
Japan Studies Program at Shorenstein APARC has received a grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan for the New Channels project.
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Mr. Abe's Scattershot Reforms

Commentary / June 12, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for revitalizing the Japanese economy appears to offer something for everyone. Takeo Hoshi argues that before Mr. Abe makes any more announcements, he needs to focus his efforts on a few key priorities.
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Stanford economist discusses Japan's economy

News / June 6, 2013
In an interview with Nikkei Business Online, Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi spoke about challenges for Japan's economy.
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Towards more active monetary easing

Commentary / May 30, 2013

Policies seeking to end deflation, the most pressing issue for the Japanese economy, have been put into effect.  In this issue of the NIRA Policy Review, Takeo Hoshi points out that deflation is a monetary phenomenon, and as such is a problem which can be solved by monetary policy.

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Stanford economist foresees challenges for Japan's economy

News / March 20, 2013
Japan's new prime minister has an ambitious plan for the country's economy. Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi foresees possible challenges in the coming years.
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Stanford economist discusses future of Japan's monetary policy

News / February 8, 2013
The governor of the Bank of Japan, the country's central bank, recently announced he will be stepping down before his term expires. Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi spoke with Quartz on the future of Japan’s monetary policy.
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Japan's monetary policy moving in right direction, but more needed

Commentary / January 23, 2013
Japan's monetary policy is moving in the right direction, said Takeo Hoshi in a recent Nikkei op-ed, but the independence of the central bank should be protected. Moreover, he said, fiscal stimulus could run the risk of a debt crisis, and it will take more than expansionary macroeconomic policy to restore growth.
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Stanford welcomes new Japan Studies director, program poised for growth

News / January 14, 2013
Stanford, with strong expertise in Japan's economics and politics, is poised to become a U.S. leader in Japan Studies. Takeo Hoshi, the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies, has joined the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center as the director of its Japan Studies Program.
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