10/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Japan's Economic Stagnation Is Creating a Nation of Lost Youths

The world's second-largest economy has stagnated in just this fashion for almost 20 years, and the consequences for the "lost generations" that have come of age in the "lost decades" have been dire. In many ways, Japan's social conventions are fraying under the relentless pressure of an economy in
seemingly permanent decline.

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