Author Archives: Mike Smitka

No more blogging here

Go to Autos and Economics on blogspot. I do have all my course blogs on WordPress, but all via the Washington and Lee implementation. All are of the form econXXX.academic.wlu.edu. Ones I’ve taught recently include those below. I’m fluent in … Continue reading

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http://newjapanforum.wordpress.com/ I’m not updating this blog very often. See instead the link above and also: Autos and Economics on blogspot and Japan and Economics on blogspot.

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Auto parts suppliers price fixing and Japan

The conspiracy of Japanese wiring and electronics suppliers to put the screws to Toyota and other customers has now led to the largest antitrust action in history. What we know appears stupendous in scope. To date 20 suppliers have paid … Continue reading

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Blogging on Japan

I have not been posting to this site. Instead please look for new material on the NewJapanForum.wordpress.com (which was set up while the structure of the NBR Japan Forum was in flux) and to JapanAndEconomics.blogspot.com. You can find posts related … Continue reading

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The BOJ recently released its biannual inflation outlook

The BOJ recently released its biannual inflation outlook (経済・物価情勢の展望: 2013年4月). The graph at right shows inflation (dark) and hourly wages; while the latter are up slightly, such metrics are volatile and affect inflation with a lag. But wages are central: … Continue reading

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Consumption Tax Increase 消費税

Now that passage of Noda’s tax increase appears certain, it’s time to think about the implications. I will post a more complete analysis later at my regular blog site but want to try WordPress for ease of entry (and to … Continue reading

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Economics: Japan, the US, and the Auto Industry

I may migrate towards WordPress — I’m used to tweaking html code, and don’t (yet) know how to do that here. Until such time all my content resides on blogspot at the following three sites: Japan and Economics US and … Continue reading

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