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For Japan, a Long, Slow Economic Slide

February 3, 2008

By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, February 3, 2008; Page A17

TOKYO — As the United States frets noisily about a recession, Japan is quietly enduring a far more fundamental economic slide, one that seems irreversible.

This country, which got rich quick in a postwar miracle of manufacturing and alarmed Americans by buying up baubles such as Rockefeller Center, is steadily slipping backward as a major economic force.

Fifteen years ago, Japan ranked fourth among the world’s countries in gross domestic product per capita. It now ranks 20th.

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 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/02/AR2008020200913.html?hpid=topnews

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US questions China’s commitment to economic reforms

January 31, 2008
By P. Parameswaran

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States accused China Wednesday of discriminating against foreign investors and taking short cuts to address serious concerns over safety of its products, amid new concerns over Beijing‘s trade and economic policies.

“China has been more open than many developing countries, but there are increasing signs of policies that seek to direct markets rather than opening them,” said US under secretary of commerce for international trade Christopher Padilla.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080131/pl_afp/uschinaeconomy_080131014755