Is there going to be a simple solution to Japan’s prolonged economic problems? Experts from U.S.-based think tanks taking part in a recent symposium in Tokyo discussed a variety of prescriptions for both the long- and short-term illnesses that the country faces.

According to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist with the information research firm DRI-WEFA, analysts who look at Japan from a distance tend to have a distorted view of the nation’s problems and put forward what he described as “simplistic” solutions.

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