29 Mar '12, 9pm

Time for Japan's #japan

In the year since Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the nation's many deficits have been cast in stark relief. The budget deficit is widening as the cost of rebuilding the north-east mounts. The growth shortfall is worrying politicians more than ever and making it hard for Mr Yoshihiko Noda, the sixth Prime Minister in five years, to keep his job. Deflation is a chronic downer. News that the trade gap disappeared last month was, for now at least, a rare hint that better days may lie ahead. Oddly, Japan's most obvious shortcoming is being ignored more now than before the March 11, 2011, disaster: Women. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development routinely urges Japan to provide women with more opportunities to boost growth. In 2010, the country ranked a dismal 94th in a World Economic Forum report on the gap between men and women. By the end of last...

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