As the Trends editors first highlighted in the late ’80s, declining birth rates and the aging population represent the greatest threat ever faced by advanced economies. As we also explained, Japan is on the forefront of that wave, with a whole host of European nations following close behind. To get a picture of the challenges facing the developed world in the decades just ahead, we’ll examine the economic, social, and psychological realities facing modern Japan. More importantly, we’ll develop a picture of what’s ahead for Japan and what it portends for the rest of the developed world. As a manager, investor, and citizen, you can’t afford to ignore the implications.
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