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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. The Innocent Bystanders of College Protests
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    The Innocent Bystanders of College Protests

    May 16, 2024 Takatoshi Ito laments that a radical minority can disrupt the lives of so many in the broader university community.

  2. How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Apr 22, 2024 Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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