被忽略的亚洲强国

谈及亚洲,大多数人认为这一地区令人神往,中国或印度这样的大国正在这里崛起。也可能有人会想到朝鲜的核计划、一些恐怖事件,或者最近的地震、海啸带来的人道主义后果。但人们往往忽视了日本,或至少是低估了日本。

考虑到日本依然是世界第二大经济强国,GDP达到50,000亿美元,比中国和印度加起来还要多,忽视或低估日本就令人奇怪了。尽管日本经济增长比率相对不高,但其人均GDP大约是3.8万美元,是中国或印度的十倍以上。

另外,日本在一些重要问题上争论非常激烈,这就意味着经济和安全领域可能会发生变化。二十世纪九十年代可能是迷失的十年,但日本的经济已开始复苏,现在以每年2%以上的速度增长,日本出现了若干真正意义上的全球化企业,这些企业全都获得了巨大成功。

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