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What's ailing Japan?

What's ailing Japan?

Is the country being held back by a failure to reform?
Tid: 49:03
Japan has received much praise internationally for successfully holding both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. At home, however, events have failed to generate much enthusiasm for the government. Analysts say a public backlash over the Olympics is one of the reasons prime minister Yoshihide Suga is not going to contest the coming elections. But it is not just the Olympics. The LDP government is also in trouble over its response to Covid vaccines, and its failure to modernise the economy, which remains sluggish. It is accused of having done little to expand employment opportunities for young people and to give greater rights to working women. So why does Japan find it so hard to bring about the changes necessary to end years of economic stagnation? How is its ageing population and its unwillingness to open up to greater immigration affecting its ability to increase growth? Plus, what does all this say about the cultural shifts taking place in the country?
Celia Hatton is joined by a panel of experts. Producers Junaid Ahmed and Paul Schuster.
Episode-id: 1000534899535
GUID: urn:bbc:podcast:w3ct1hsx
Udgivelsesdato: 10/9/2021 11.00.00

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