What's behind Japan's big surge?

Although the world's second-biggest economy is expected to announce record expansion, this article from BusinessWeek, published Monday 6 November, says it's mainly based on exports, and wages have not kept pace.

"It's no small feat for a country that limped along for over a decade beginning in the early 1990s," the article says.

"Now, the once-dysfunctional banking system has been fixed, land and stock prices are rebounding, and companies formerly saddled with massive debt are investing huge sums

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