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Takatoshi Ito

Takatoshi Ito

Writing for PS since 2010
22 commentaries

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. A Liz Truss Moment for Japan?
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    A Liz Truss Moment for Japan?

    Nov 21, 2022 Takatoshi Ito explains why the country's loose monetary and fiscal policies threaten future generations.

  2. Down Goes the Yen
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    Down Goes the Yen

    Oct 20, 2022 Takatoshi Ito explains why Japan’s currency is likely to continue depreciating for the foreseeable future.

  3. The Challenge of Monetary Tightening
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    The Challenge of Monetary Tightening

    Sep 28, 2022 Takatoshi Ito identifies the main risks raised by central banks’ efforts to rein in inflation.

  4. Japan’s Lessons for Taiwan
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    Japan’s Lessons for Taiwan

    Aug 30, 2022 Takatoshi Ito argues that past imbroglios over the Senkaku Islands offer a preview of what awaits the Taiwanese.

  5. Abe Shinzō’s Unmatched Legacy
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    Abe Shinzō’s Unmatched Legacy

    Jul 12, 2022 Takatoshi Ito revisits the slain former prime minister’s achievements in strengthening Japan’s defense and economy.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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