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Noah Smith
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Commentary
Nov 11, 2019
Four-day workweek could be just what Japan needs
In the sitcom "The Office," a bumbling manager spends much of his time distracting the hapless employees of a paper company's local sales branch. Somehow, despite all the antics that seem to interfere with getting anything done, the branch consistently manages to be the company's most profitable. Though...
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Oct 1, 2019
Japan's labor market is still rigged against women
Despite a push from the government, hiring and promotions work in favor of old men and against women.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 21, 2019
South Korea foreshadows global slowdown
With countries such as South Korea leading the way, a new age of slow growth and increased dependency burdens is in the offing.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 3, 2019
Japan is cool but has no clue about selling itself
The country is still struggling to make money off of its worldwide cultural cachet
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 27, 2019
Japan begins immigration experiment
As the population ages and shrinks, the country is making it easier for foreigners to work and become citizens.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 15, 2019
As Heisei ends, Japan is getting a lot of things right
The country, once a symbol of economic malaise, has made up for its lost decade.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 20, 2019
Amazon's winner-take-all approach to small businesses
If small businesses are to survive in the digital age, the online economy can't be allowed to be winner-take-all.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 26, 2018
How Beijing risks trashing its amazing growth story
There already are some signs that the country is making mistakes that will hobble economic growth.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 23, 2018
Japan-U.S. trade war holds clues to China spat
If Trump revisited that '80s battle he wouldn't find the big win he's looking for today.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 14, 2018
Why Japan needs criminal justice reform
Carlos Ghosn's arrest is a reminder that the nation's legal system is designed to coerce confessions, not maintain rule of law.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 10, 2018
Scientists spend too much time on the old
Spending billions on a huge particle collider won't give us the breakthrough discoveries we need.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 7, 2018
U.S. taxpayers count the cost of Foxconn's artful deal in Wisconsin
Whatever Americans were hoping for when they elected Donald Trump president in 2016, it's a fair bet that it didn't include shoveling billions of dollars of American taxpayer money to foreign companies to build white-elephant factories.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 9, 2018
A Nobel reminder of why research matters so much
Co-winner of the 2018 economics Nobel Prize, Paul Romer shows how new discoveries create a virtuous cycle of growth.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 25, 2018
How Abe should spend the next three years
The country still needs to reform its labor market, deal with an aging population and press for gender equality.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 6, 2018
Economists gear up to challenge the monopolies
Excessive market concentration lets companies take a bigger slice of the pie at the expense of workers.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 3, 2018
Why is the U.S. in the middle of an economic boom?
There are plenty of theories, but no definitive answers.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 1, 2018
Should shareholders always come first?
Elizabeth Warren wants to make companies also consider workers, customers and local communities.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 27, 2018
Japan's baby bust is an opening for experimentation
When nothing works, it's time to go try something bold and unconventional.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 31, 2018
Japan is going global as America looks inward
A new book explores how the country can be a bigger player on the world stage.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 29, 2018
Trump is fighting the wrong kind of trade wars
Aside from China, the U.S. president is aiming his fire in the wrong direction.

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