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Japan's regions must bypass Tokyo and go global

The tech revolution offers a chance to revive declining local economies

| Japan

Type "Abenomics" in Google search and the autofill prompts "Abenomics failure" followed by "Abenomics success." The five-year-old economic policy program of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had such mixed results that there are radically different views on its performance.

But there is little dispute that one of the least successful policy baskets is regional revitalization.

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