- The data that proves Japan is a ticking time bomb
- Why the yen may still fall a lot further from here
- How Japan's contagion can threaten world markets (and yes, the US)
- Why the contagion is now underway, and what you should do about it
Japan, By The Numbers
I completely understand why the Japanese authorities are freaking out and taking enormous risks. It's because they have no good choices left. More fundamentally (and worse) they are in charge of a system that is destined to fail.
Exponential money systems have to eventually fail because all paper money is just a marker for real wealth, it is not real wealth itself, and therefore ever-increasing exponential paper claims being stacked up against a world of real wealth that is growing much less quickly (and someday reversing entirely) is a mathematical formula for a monetary accident.
But it's quite bizarre that Japan, of all places, cannot see through to this math predicament given their very publicly and often discussed demographic decline.
Having peaked at 128 million in 2005, Japan now has 127 million inhabitants and is on its way to 90 million by 2050, and 45 million by ~2100.
This means that..