Summary of Japan: Boosting Growth and Well-Being in an Ageing Society

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Once upon a time – in the 1980s – Japan’s economy was so robust that it posed a threat to the mighty United States. Japanese competitors gutted US manufacturers, and Japanese investors snapped up trophy American properties. Then came decades of economic malaise in Japan. This intriguing report from the OECD spells out Japan’s struggles, particularly as it faces severe demographic challenges, and offers policy suggestions, such as focusing on work-life balance and urging cash-hoarding companies to invest more. getAbstract recommends this text to executives and investors seeking a cogent analysis of Japan’s problems and its prospects.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why demographic trends pose a challenge to Japan’s future, and
  • What business, innovation and gender gaps have emerged in Japan’s economy.
 

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an international forum of 34 nations that promotes global economic advancement and trade.

 

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Compared to other OECD members, Japan has above-average employment, the greatest life expectancy and a well-educated populace. But Japan’s per capita GDP has languished: The country achieved an inflation-adjusted annual growth rate of just 0.8% between 1990 and 2014, compared to 1.4% for other ...

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