January 23, 2003
004: The choice of promoting a comprehensive shift in economic systems by focusing on the links between various economic phenomena
January 21, 2003
December 18, 2002
003: The choice of comprehensively resolving the various problems in earnest through gradual structural reform
November 19, 2002
002: The choice of being prepared to bear the fiscal burden and pull out of deflation in order to promote structural reform
November 14, 2002
Interview Series: Economic Policy
Message from the Editor
Senior Fellow, RIETI (until October 31, 2004)
New Catchwords Symbolizing Concrete Reform Measures Need to Replace "Structural Reform"
"Structural reform" as referred to by politicians, however, is not clearly defined. A substantial gap exists between how researchers use the phrase and how it is used in the political arena. Unless terms are clearly defined beforehand, proposed policy intentions may be totally distorted in the process of debate and realization, producing unintended results. It is about time to focus on the specifics of structural reform, subdividing reforms into several policy measures and to think out a well-defined catchword for each of them.
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