Japan’s Lost Decades and a Women-led Socio-Solidarity Economy

Contribution to Asian Solidarity Economy Forum 2009

Yoko Kitazawa, April 2009

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Summary :

Since the bursting in 1991 of the bubble economy, which was a product of real estate and stock price inflation, Japan has experienced what are known as the “two lost decades,” with zero or minus growth and price deflation.

But in Japan, we can find the solidarity economy in the practices of the daily lives of people and communities: in the area of cooperatives, mutualities, and NPOs.