Japan's debt burden: Origins and outlook

July 2011. The huge cost of the disasters that struck Japan in March has refocused the attention of investors on the country’s fiscal woes and renewed fears of a collapse of the Japanese government bond (JGB) market. With Japan’s shrinking population already facing a growing healthcare and pension burden, some wonder whether reconstruction is affordable. We consider the cost of rebuilding and the long-term fiscal outlook for Japan. (Read more)

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