If you have somehow stumbled across this blog, welcome. As must be obvious, this blog is brand new and, in fact, this post is something of a test. Over the, I hope to make the site more beautiful, but the bare bones approach seems right for now.

This blog aims to focus on economic, social and cultural developments in Asia and, in particular, in Japan. I have spent the last decade-plus as an economist working in, or teaching about, Asia. During this time, I’ve come to increasingly appreciate the (what should have been obvious) need to understand the history and culture of a ¬†society as a fundamental part of understanding its economy. It is these linkages that I am most interested in exploring here, and I would love to hear from any of you that have similar interests.

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