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Choices for the Japanese Economy
Choices for the Japanese Economy
By Hiroshi Kitamura
Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1976, 211 pp

The Japanese postwar economic miracle, argues the author, was paid for at the cost of a drastic decline in the share of national income going to labor, from 93 percent in 1951 to 68 percent in 1970-not to mention the other costs of pollution, congestion and urban decay. The miracle was self-terminating, its end hastened by the energy crisis; and the task this book sets itself is to consider alternatives, which it does cogently and lucidly.