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During the 1980s Japan had one of the most profitable and efficient economies in the world But a recent recession has forced Japan to make changes and pushed them back out of the realm of being an economic superpower This leaves just one question when analyzing Japans strengths and weakness is it likely for them to return to the economic status they enjoyed during the 1980s The answer is no Because of Japanese false illusions increasing national debt and deflation combined with other factors it is unlikely that Japan will be able to make a full recovery When analyzing something as complex as a country suffering from a national recession it is important to note their various strengths During the 1980s Japan exploded onto the global economic scene The Japanese established themselves among the ranks of the United States and various European powers One of the greatest strengths enjoyed by Japan is the absence of any military institution After World War II the United States in congruence with the other allied powers declared that Japan was no longer to have a national military Just think about that military expenses account for a great portion of any countries national budget Japan now without military had large amounts of money freed up by this policy Nishiyama 2 They no longer had to endure the expenses of maintaining any standing military nor did they have to invest money in keeping pace with military technological advancements Instead Japan was promised military assistance by the United States if any situation were to arise With more money available to the Japanese government they were able to distribute more to other sectors of the country This was an extreme boost for the economic situation of Japan and their citizens Nishiyama 2 But as time moved on the United States slowly moved to lessen its role in the protection of Japan They allowed Japan to form what is called Self Defense Forces
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