Peter Tasker

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Peter Tasker

Japan Reflates

Amidst all this activity, the position of Japan is absolutely, well, pivotal. From the US point of view, a wealthy, confident and committed ally is a vital asset in what it is likely to be a long…

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Peter Tasker

After The Quake – Too Much Love

Disaster reveals national character in the starkest possible way. Japan’s response to the unprecedented triple blow of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown has demonstrated both its strengths…

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Peter Tasker

The Perils of “Kansianism”

A leadership change in Japan passes almost unnoticed these days, but the ascension of Naoto Kan to the role of prime minister could have a long-lasting impact on the strategic landscape….

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Peter Tasker

A French Kiss from Japan

There’s more to Japan’s new first couple than meet the eye. The prime minister’s wife, Miyuki Hatoyama, claims to have befriended Tom Cruise in a previous life when he was, apparently, Japanese….

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Peter Tasker

The economics of folly

Twelve months on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and much about the event remains mysterious. It was the trigger that caused a deep recession, which began in the US but steadily crept across…

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Peter Tasker

The Rock Star Bears

A notable phenomenon of this past year of living dangerously in financial markets has been the triumph of the ultra-bears. Deeply pessimistic commentators such as Nourel Roubini who were previously…

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Peter Tasker

Thank You, Mr. Abe

The Abe Administration’s key achievement was to show that Japan hasn’t changed, and neither have its problems….