Category Archives: Japan

Talking about populyst and the populyst Index

Aaron M. Renn, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor at City Journal, invited founder Sami J. Karam to discuss populyst and the populyst index. Topics include the economies of America and China, Europe’s demographic stagnation and Africa’s population … Continue reading

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Now a Trade Partnership with Africa?

A few days ago, the United States reached agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with eleven other nations (see list in tables below). Here is how the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) describes the TPP on its web page: … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Investment, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Sub-Saharan, Tanzania, Trade, United States, US Economy, Vietnam

Working Age Population Around the World 1960-2050

A fast growing economy usually requires a growing working-age population.  It is informative in this regard to look at the size of the working-age population (wap) for different regions and countries of the world. This data, compiled from the UN’s World … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Brazil, China, Demography, Economy, Emerging Markets, Europe, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Sub-Saharan, United Kingdom, United States

The BRIC and I

The growth prospects of Brazil, Russia and China are dimming, while those of India are flaring. If one is a lonely number, then ‘I’ could be a lonely letter, at least when it comes to the ‘I’ of the BRIC countries. … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Brazil, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Europe, European Union, India, Japan, Russia, United States

Demography Charts – 1

13 November 2014 Below are charts of country and regional dependency ratios. First some definitions: The total dependency ratio is the ratio of the population aged 0-14 and 65+ to the population aged 15-64. They are presented as number of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Analysis and Opinion, Brazil, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Emerging Markets, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, Sub-Saharan, United States, US Economy

It’s the Demography, Stupid

11 November 2014 (See also the post Demography Charts – 1) America’s anemic recovery can be explained by its slowing demographics. Politicians tend to overstate the positive impact of their policies on the economy and to also exaggerate the negative impact … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Apple, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Economy, Europe, Google, Japan, Nokia, Oil, United States, US Economy, Wall Street

CNBC: Governments Organize Matchmaking as Asia’s Birth Rates Fall

Several Asian countries have come up with special programs and innovative ways of encouraging people to get married and have more kids. RAJESHNI NAIDU-GHELANI writes at CNBC: For Singapore citizen Kelly Ang, 25, who married a year ago, having a … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, China, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Emerging Markets, Family Planning, India, Japan, Philippines, Singapore

Japan Times: Population of Tokyo to Drop by Half by 2100

Population forecasts are notoriously difficult and nonlinear. Nonetheless, Japan has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world and the Japan Times makes this dire projection today: FROM THE JAPAN TIMES: 2100 will see Tokyo’s population standing at around 7.13 … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Demography, Depopulation, Japan

China Entering Demographic Danger Zone, BOJ Official Says

PATRICK HARRINGTON writes at BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK: China is entering a “danger zone”where a financial crisis may become more likely because of increases in loans and property prices coinciding with an aging of the population, a Bank of Japan (8301) official … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, China, Demography, Emerging Markets, Housing, Japan, United States

Japan Population Falls for Third Year; Pace Increases

FROM THE JAPAN TIMES: Japan’s population fell by 263,727, or 0.21 percent, from a year earlier to 126,659,683 as of March 31, marking the largest annual drop and a fall for the third consecutive year, the Internal Affairs and Communications … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Demography, Dependency Ratio, Japan