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Takatoshi Ito

Takatoshi Ito

Writing for PS since 2010
38 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. The Innocent Bystanders of College Protests
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    The Innocent Bystanders of College Protests

    May 16, 2024 Takatoshi Ito laments that a radical minority can disrupt the lives of so many in the broader university community.

  2. How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Apr 22, 2024 Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now

    Mia Amor Mottley & Wale Edun propose a blueprint to unlock financing and kickstart investment in adaptation and clean energy.
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    Two Cheers for Identity Politics

    James Livingston argues that critics of the contemporary focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality are ignoring history.
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    What the Next EU Leadership Must Do

    Carl Bildt offers a broad outline of the bloc's biggest challenges following this month's European Parliament election.
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    China Must Not Choose the Next Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney urges the US and India to work together to protect the more than 600-year-old institution.
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    The New EU Leadership Must Unite on China

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen urges whoever takes over the bloc's foreign-policy portfolio to do more to deter Chinese aggression.
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    The Evolution of Empire

    John Andrews

    The history of Britain's conquest of India and humiliation of China shows that empire is very much still with us today. Though Americans tend to bristle at the idea, their own military, technological, and commercial power is as imperial and pervasive as Britain’s territorial dominance ever was.

    traces the enduring role of imperial power from the eighteenth century to the present.
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    If Democracy Isn’t Pro-Worker, It Will Die

    Daron Acemoglu argues that populists are making inroads because industrialized economies aren't delivering what was promised.
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    The Financial Risks of France’s Snap Election

    Brigitte Granville thinks political stalemate is a greater threat to European stability than a far-right government.
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    A Far-Right Resurgence in Europe?

    Many observers breathed a sigh of relief at the results of the European Parliament elections, because the widely predicted far-right surge did not dislodge traditional conservatives. But even if far-right forces do not dominate the next European Parliament, they have gained ground, particularly in France and Germany. Can mainstream politicians and parties reverse this trend?

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