Japan's "Lost Decade" was a period that lasted from about 1991 to 2001 that saw a significant slowdown in Japan's previously bustling economy. The economic slowdown was caused, in part by the
Stagnant growth in subsequent years has led the period since 1991 to sometimes be referred to as Japan's Lost Decades (plural). Misguided government policies after a real estate bubble are considered to be the main culprits for the Lost Decade.
The Lost Decade (失われた10年, Ushinawareta Jūnen) was a period of economic stagnation in Japan caused by the asset price bubble's collapse in late 1991.
What Happened During Japan's Lost Decade? Between 1991 and 2001, Japan's economy entered a deep recession. GDP declined, and borrowers became insolvent. Big banks failed, including the Hokkaido Takushoku Bank, the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, and Nippon Credit Bank.
The lost decade
First, the recession was accompanied by a financial crisis. After the markets collapsed, financial institutions faced serious downturns in profits in the wake of falling real estate prices kept as collateral, plummeting stock prices and increasing bad loans.
Third, Japan's population structure was shifting and becoming increasingly elderly. The aging meant slower growth of the labor force. The aging and the declining fertility also reduced the domestic saving that supported economic expansion during the rapid economic growth period.
Japan's stock market may continue to surprise investors as it nears an all-time high, reclaiming its lost decades of performance. However, the uniqueness of Japan's economy and businesses also pose risks.
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The result was high unemployment, steep declines in per capita income, and stagnant or negative growth—hence the term the “lost decade” (Carrasco 1999).
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WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - Average potential global economic growth will slump to a three-decade low of 2.2% per year through 2030, ushering in a "lost decade" for the world's economy, unless policymakers adopt ambitious initiatives to boost labor supply, productivity and investment, the World Bank warned on ...
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Examples of first world countries include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
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