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There was a disaster movie of a few years back called Nihon Chinbotsu – literally Japan Sinks – which a) beat the much more famous 2012 to the jump, having been released in 2006, and b) doesn't look so far-fetched after the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

But the major problem in Japan, at least now the clearing of debris from the March disaster is now underway, is not that the country is sinking under the sea, but that it's being dragged down by the strength of its own currency.

And that's putting three small but vital words – 'Made in Japan' – under huge threat.
Source.

A great read about Japan's future in the hardware making business.
Edited by tpi2007 - 11/6/11 at 1:08pm
 
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I feel so sorry for the people in japan , i hope they come back eventually stronger than ever ( we need a Resident Evil 6 thats like RE 4 )
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I like things that are made in Japan. They are always extremely high quality.
    
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Well... what did they expect really ? 200% dept to GDP. Strong currency. They'll have to do something at some point.
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Well... what did they expect really ? 200% dept to GDP. Strong currency. They'll have to do something at some point.
The solution seems obvious to me. I have a layman's perspective, but the obvious way to deal with a strong currency is to devalue it by printing money. A strong currency is the easiest problem in the world to fix.

As for the massive debt, just print 500B dollars or so (actually that's much less than what the US/EU/China are currently doing) and put it towards the debt. Printing money to devalue your currency and pay back debt is a pretty low trick to pull (do it enough and you have an inflationary default like Germany in WW1), but to be honest, Japan wouldn't have such a strong currency if the other major players didn't decide to go on a massive printing spree.
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It also helps that most of their debt isn't owned by other countries.
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The solution seems obvious to me. I have a layman's perspective, but the obvious way to deal with a strong currency is to devalue it by printing money. A strong currency is the easiest problem in the world to fix.

As for the massive debt, just print 500B dollars or so (actually that's much less than what the US/EU/China are currently doing) and put it towards the debt. Printing money to devalue your currency and pay back debt is a pretty low trick to pull (do it enough and you have an inflationary default like Germany in WW1), but to be honest, Japan wouldn't have such a strong currency if the other major players didn't decide to go on a massive printing spree.
The thing is, others did not go on a massive printing spree other than replacing the billions of dollars / euros / pounds etc, that were worn out due to normal use. If Japan (or the US or the EU) suddenly decided to print a butt load of money, the people who owned part of the Japanese debt, would be scrwd. Since their money is then worth less than when they first lent it to Japan.
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maybe im a noob but i thought having a strong currency was a good thing
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I have a deep admiration towards Japanese people.

That's why I seek for the 'Made in Japan' in my electronics products. No Chinese crap, thanks.

@battosaii: Having a strong currency is good because you can import (buy). But it's bad because you can't export (sell), ergo you can't make money, just spend it.

You see why it's not always a good thing?
   
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Originally Posted by battosaii View Post
maybe im a noob but i thought having a strong currency was a good thing
It generally is,
But now it's really strong and Japan is losing export because yen makes it cost too much in other countries.

Like see it this way.
100 Yen cost of a product in Japan that is to be exported

Costs
1.27 Dollars cost of it the exported product in the U.S

But how can Japan compete with the other countries who has weaker currency

XXX cost of a product in some other country

Costs
1 Dollar cost of its exported product in the U.S
Edited by gbatemper - 11/6/11 at 1:48pm
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