Robert J. Samuelson

For Robert J. Samuelson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sep 27, 2014

The slow recovery from a calamitous slump

What does slow recovery from a calamitous slump look like? In the U.S., you see women's pay catching up with men's and steady gains in full-time employment. But middle-class incomes have dropped to levels of the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Jun 22, 2014

Bewildering take on the American job market

With the U.S. government's latest monthly employment report, the American job market has entered a bewildering phase. The U.S. may be closer to "full employment" than is commonly supposed, but the weak recovery since 2009 is hardly typical of economic cycles since World War ...

May 26, 2014

A memorial to horror and honor

More fitting than any commentary about Memorial Day, just celebrated in the U.S., is the description of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox to Ulysses S. Grant, which ended the Civil War.

Apr 20, 2014

Double tragedy of long-term unemployment

To be among America's long-term unemployed — workers who have been jobless at least six months — is especially demoralizing for midcareer professionals and managers in their 40s and up because, from the perspective of potential employers, not hiring these workers can make sense.