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Peter Tasker

Who’s Stuffed The Most?

Warren Buffet visited Japan for the first time in November. At the press conference journalists blinked in disbelief at his breezy assertion that their grandchildren…

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Peter Tasker

Gold – The Bubble in Fear

The biblical parable of the talents contains a timely warning for the gold market. In the story the master distributes his wealth between three servants. The first and the second put their capital…

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Peter Tasker

China Gets Japan Wrong

By orchestrating a massive appreciation of the yen in the mid 1980s, the US condemned Japan to decades of stagnation and ended the challenge to its own economic hegemony.  Effectively Japan was…

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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

Can Japan Get Its Mojo Back?

Remember the fable of the hard-working ant and the irresponsible fun-loving grasshopper? As generations of parents tell their children, both creatures get what they deserve. The grasshopper pays…