The Japan Alan Blinder Doesn't Know

I know that Alan Blinder is knowledgeable about economics, but the unmistakable misperceptions I noticed in his article ("How Japan puts the `human' in human capital," Economic Viewpoint, Nov. 11) left me wondering if he knows anything at all about Japan, Japanese companies, or Japanese economics. I have spent only the past eight-plus years studying Japan, Japanese companies, culture, language, and society, and I feel that I can say with some confidence that Blinder missed the mark.

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