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Krugman: America Will Wish It Was Japan

Friday, 10 Sep 2010 10:22 AM

Paul Krugman, the Nobel Laureate economist, says the United States will wish it had Japan's problems if the Republicans gain control in November.

He notes that while many right-wing economists paint a bleak picture of Japan to frighten voters, things aren't that bad.

America, he warns, will be much worse off if it doesn't follow Tokyo's lead.

"Japan’s economy may be depressed, but it’s not in a depression. The employment picture has been troubled, with a growing number of 'freeters'  living from temporary job to temporary job.

"But thanks to those government job-creation plans, the country isn’t suffering mass unemployment. Debt has risen, but despite constant warnings of imminent crisis — and even downgrades from rating agencies back in 2002 — the government is still able to borrow, long term, at an interest rate of only 1.1 percent," he writes in The New York Times.

"In short, Japan’s performance has been disappointing but not disastrous. And given the policy agenda of America’s right, that’s a performance we may wish we’d managed to match."

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Paul Krugman, the Nobel Laureate economist, says the United States will wish it had Japan's problems if the Republicans gain control in November. He notes that while many right-wing economists paint a bleak picture of Japan to frighten voters, things aren't that bad....
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