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Takatoshi Ito

Takatoshi Ito

Writing for PS since 2010
22 commentaries

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. A Liz Truss Moment for Japan?
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    A Liz Truss Moment for Japan?

    Nov 21, 2022 Takatoshi Ito explains why the country's loose monetary and fiscal policies threaten future generations.

  2. Down Goes the Yen
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    Down Goes the Yen

    Oct 20, 2022 Takatoshi Ito explains why Japan’s currency is likely to continue depreciating for the foreseeable future.

  3. The Challenge of Monetary Tightening
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    The Challenge of Monetary Tightening

    Sep 28, 2022 Takatoshi Ito identifies the main risks raised by central banks’ efforts to rein in inflation.

  4. Japan’s Lessons for Taiwan
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    Japan’s Lessons for Taiwan

    Aug 30, 2022 Takatoshi Ito argues that past imbroglios over the Senkaku Islands offer a preview of what awaits the Taiwanese.

  5. Abe Shinzō’s Unmatched Legacy
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    Abe Shinzō’s Unmatched Legacy

    Jul 12, 2022 Takatoshi Ito revisits the slain former prime minister’s achievements in strengthening Japan’s defense and economy.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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