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The new issue of The Economist is now available to view online via our website:  http://econ.st/12dUVDs

This week’s cover:
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… It’s Japan!
Abenomics, nationalism and the challenge to China
May 18th – 24th 2013
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Really? This looks like an 8th graders Photoshop assignment.
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Super nihonjin?
 
Wow, this is pretty cool, Mr. Abe, isn't it?
 
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If the yen is Superman, then I suppose Abenomics -- or Kurodanomics, more accurately -- is Kryptonite.
 
It shows that many other countries can grow faster by manipulating its currency...obviously along with colateral effects
 
I rather have an ally we can do business with (japan) than a super gaint that is overreaching (China). 
 
wierd cover design again
 
Japanese people are creative, trendsetting (in Asia) and produce really nice products... I didn't quite understand why the country fell into two "lost decades".

But while it is trying to strengthen its nation, they also do that through irritating others. E.g. what Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto said about comfort women was "necessary", provoking China on the disputed islands. I don't think those are necessary.
 
China provoked first.

As the article states Japan after 1945 Japan minded their own business and developed products.

China did the same thing but now China is pushing, pushing into other countries territories that have long been abandoned by China.

The old empire of China was lost long ago, and China wants to rebuild it? Why? And why provoke the rest of the world by doing it? Is that logical? 
 
+Chun Wah Yung I don't think questioning the sovereignty to Okinawa is necessary either but we still tolerate China when it does just that.
 
Lol... "Abenomics"... Cute. Of course the thing that actually matters which is being completely ignored by this bandaid fix is Japan's debt to GDP ratio... Unless that is addressed, the Japanese economy will continue it's overall long term decline, particularly given its demographic time bomb. I fear for the future of Japan. 
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+Adrian Clavijo japan has ocupied many territories of asia by its army force. do you have any sense of history?
 
No mention in the article about the influence of the QE on CPI, Gvt Bond Markets and its Japanese Debt. It will just accelerate Japan's problem
 
+Adrian Clavijo
I don't agree with China pushing on claims on disputed territories with Vietnam and Philippines either, but I don't think China is "provoking the rest of the world". It only has territorial disputes with a few countries. It did reach an agreement with Russia on disputed land in the Northeast, which settled things peacefully.
Anyway, I don't think China has the power to rebuild an empire. It has many problems to solve already.
 
+Matty Compton
 I think China did that because of Japanese provocation first. China has been wanting to have good relationship with its neighbours. When Fukuda Yasuo was the Prime Minister of Japan, Sino-Japanese relationship was very good.
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