Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024 6:30 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus, 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Jun Saito (Japan Center for Economic Research)


  • Robert Dujarric, ICAS Co-Director


Jun Saito will discuss his book Japan and the Growth-Equity-Small Government Impossible Triangle (Routledge, 2024).

This volume examines and analyzes the current situation of, and the future prospects for, the Japanese economy, particularly in the context of inequality. The country's economy is facing the ageing and the shrinking of its population, both of which will reduce the potential growth rate, which has already become very low. 

By introducing a new policy framework, namely the 'Equity-Growth-Small Government Impossible Triangle', based on reviewing, comparing and contrasting the policies of the United States, the Nordic economies and Japan, the book proposes a policy direction that could be pursued by Japan. If Japan wants to sustain growth while preventing inequality to widen and preserve an egalitarian society, there is no other choice but to further promote globalization and innovation and, at the same time, surrender preserving a small government by reforming itself to become a dynamic and resilient welfare state. 

Date & Time:

Thursday, May 30, 2024 18:30


Temple University, Japan Campus Room 609 (Access)


RSVP is not required but highly appreciated. Please register via the following link:


This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Jun Saito

Japan Center for Economic Research

Jun Saito is a Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Center for Economic Research. He studied economics at the University of Tokyo and obtained an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford. He was a government economist at the Economic Planning Agency and the Cabinet Office, where he served as the Director-General of the Economic Research Bureau from 2007-12. During that time, he also worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and at the Japan Center for Economic Research. He has held various university posts, including Project Professor, Graduate School of Business and Commerce, Keio University (2012-17), and Visiting Professor, Department of Economics and Business, International Christian University (2016–21).


Robert Dujarric

ICAS Co-director, Temple University Japan Campus

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