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Warning: The World's Third-Largest Economy Could Crash Soon

rpexplorer Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:29 AM
I was a little surprised at your flag figure regarding India. Would appreciate your thoughts behind this. Also, doesn't China have some of the same issues you attribute to Japan? Plus the obvious need to develop a domestic market base?

In the summer of 2010, a little-noted milestone took place. China passed Japan to become the world's second-largest economy. Now, Japan needs to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror. Germany and Brazil are gaining ground and may overtake the Asian country in coming decades as well.

Japan's steady decline  -- relative to other economies -- can be attributed to a pair of factors: A rapidly-aging population and a too-strong currency. These two factors are crimping demand for goods and services at home, as well as foreign demand for exports.

This isn't a new story. The Japanese economy has barely budged...