Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group’s selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie — presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
Japan: challenges and opportunities
“The Incredible Shrinking Country” — D.M., the Economist
Japan’s population began shrinking in 2004; last year, it declined by 244,000 people. The population is also aging: 22 percent of citizens are 65 or older. Is there any way to reverse these trends?
“Japan’s Profound Ambivalence Over Nuclear Energy” — Per Liljas, Time
A recent poll found that 69 percent of Japanese citizens want nuclear power to be phased out. So why has Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just unveiled a new energy plan that goes against the public’s preference?
“Australia and Japan Conclude Free Trade Deal” — Anthony Fensom, the Diplomat