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Takatoshi Ito

Takatoshi Ito

Writing for PS since 2010
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Takatoshi Ito, a former Japanese deputy vice minister of finance, is a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a senior professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

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  1. Japan as Number Four
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    Japan as Number Four

    Feb 27, 2024 Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.

  2. When Will Japan Normalize Its Monetary Policy?
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    When Will Japan Normalize Its Monetary Policy?

    Jan 9, 2024 Takatoshi Ito highlights the challenges the Bank of Japan faces as it prepares to raise rates and shrink its balance sheet.

  3. China’s Self-Inflicted Economic Wounds
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    China’s Self-Inflicted Economic Wounds

    Nov 21, 2023 Takatoshi Ito thinks President Xi Jinping bears considerable responsibility for the country’s sharply slowing income growth.

  4. Can Japan Reshape Its Research Funding?
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    Can Japan Reshape Its Research Funding?

    Oct 25, 2023 Takatoshi Ito considers what a new national endowment fund for universities will need to succeed.

  5. Whither the G20?
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    Whither the G20?

    Sep 21, 2023 Takatoshi Ito sees the grouping as increasingly divided between friends of the G7 and friends of China and Russia.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

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    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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