I would just like to say, as an economist and American who not only lives in Japan but also in the United States, that this article is absolutely wrong. I have never heard such hogwash in all my years and it has no real thought put into it. How you can honestly print this on your website or even in a newspaper is utterly embarrassing. An influx of immigrants into Japan would cause more issues than solve. There would need to be more money put into social support systems such as welfare and health care, and there would need to be a higher demand for jobs, which Japan doesn’t have. There needs to be cheaper infrastucture that Japan does not have the available space, need and power to build. Japan has an unsustainable debt issue with a liquidity trap that has been growing for the past 20 years and a shrinking monetary base. For someone to suggest that more people are needed to make Japan thrive again is stupid.
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