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Stanford economist warns of Japanese fiscal crisis

News / March 27, 2014
Takeo Hoshi, a senior fellow at FSI in residence at Shorenstein APARC, analyzes Japan’s fiscal condition and develops future tax and budget-tightening alternatives in a new journal article. He argues Japan’s situation is not sustainable, suggesting fiscal reform is necessary in order to maintain current living standards and public services.
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Who is East Asia’s Voldemort?

Commentary / March 26, 2014
Recent public opinion polls in China and Japan expose a “striking degree of hostility,” highlighting a clash in narratives between the two countries. Phillip Lipscy says in an op-ed in AlJazeera America that Japan’s conservatives are “misguided in seeking to reinvigorate their country by revising history,” and instead should rally the country “around dreams of the future.”
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Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan

News / February 21, 2014
A new book from the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, coedited by Kenji E. Kushida, Kay Shimizu, and Jean C. Oi is now available.
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Stanford-SPF New Channels Dialogue 2014

News / January 23, 2014
Japan Program has launched a three-year project to create new channels of dialogue between experts and leaders from the United States and Japan under a name of "New Channels: Reinvigorating U.S.-Japan Relations."
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Collected Articles of Masahiko Aoki

News / December 3, 2013
Comparative Institutional Analysis collects 22 articles by Masahiko Aoki, selected from writings published over the course of his 45-year academic career.
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Will the U.S and Europe Avoid a Lost Decade?

News / November 15, 2013
On November 7, Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi spoke at the Fourteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington DC.
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Europe Making Same Mistakes as Japan in 1990s

News / November 13, 2013
As cited in Victoria McGrane's blog in the Wall Street Journal, Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi argues in a coauthored paper that Europe is making the same mistakes that Japan did during the 1990s
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The Role of Central Banks in Financial Stability

News / October 29, 2013
Japan Program director Takeo Hoshi contributed the chapter "Role of Central Banks in Financial Stability: Lessons from the Experience of the Bank of Japan" in the forthcoming book.
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Inaugural Issue of the Japan Newsletter

News / October 11, 2013
Japan Program at Shorenstein APARC monthly newsletter presents an insightful glimpse of our latest research, publications, events, and more.
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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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