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Takatoshi Ito

Takatoshi Ito

Writing for PS since 2010
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Takatoshi Ito, a former Japanese deputy vice minister of finance, is a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a senior professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

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  1. Japan as Number Four
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    Japan as Number Four

    Feb 27, 2024 Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.

  2. When Will Japan Normalize Its Monetary Policy?
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    When Will Japan Normalize Its Monetary Policy?

    Jan 9, 2024 Takatoshi Ito highlights the challenges the Bank of Japan faces as it prepares to raise rates and shrink its balance sheet.

  3. China’s Self-Inflicted Economic Wounds
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    China’s Self-Inflicted Economic Wounds

    Nov 21, 2023 Takatoshi Ito thinks President Xi Jinping bears considerable responsibility for the country’s sharply slowing income growth.

  4. Can Japan Reshape Its Research Funding?
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    Can Japan Reshape Its Research Funding?

    Oct 25, 2023 Takatoshi Ito considers what a new national endowment fund for universities will need to succeed.

  5. Whither the G20?
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    Whither the G20?

    Sep 21, 2023 Takatoshi Ito sees the grouping as increasingly divided between friends of the G7 and friends of China and Russia.

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    The Gaza War Goes Global

    Joschka Fischer

    The escalating war in the Middle East must be understood in a broader context. The fact that the Iranian regime felt emboldened to risk a direct strike on Israel attests to a changing world order in which Western power is increasingly open to challenge.

    considers the implications of Iran’s unprecedented decision to launch a direct strike on Israeli territory.
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    Gender-Neutral Fintech Isn’t Working for Women

    Emmanuel Nyirinkindi & Jessica Schnabel show that the industry is not fully delivering on its promise to accelerate financial inclusion.
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    The Urgency of Palestinian Statehood

    Gareth Evans explains why formal international recognition is crucial to ending the intolerable status quo.
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    Quality Journalism Is More Important than Ever

    Anya Schiffrin, et al. explain how policymakers can support rigorous, objective reporting, just as they provide other public goods.
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    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.
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    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.
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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
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    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.

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