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The Akihabara district in Tokyo: still glowing after two lost decades

Japan is one of the most fascinating places on the planet. The culture, history and urban vision are all absorbing—but the pointy-headed finanace-nerd in me is intrigued by another possibility: the chance to meet people who live and work in a place that suffers from the deflation that central bankers in the west are working so hard to fend off.

Even on the most broad-brush numbers, Japan’s recent economic history stands out—many of its core indicators have registered extreme readings…

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