http://www.wilsoncenter.org/topics/pubs/asiarpt121.pdfIn order to boost national competitiveness, the
Japanese government has begun implementing
a variety of reforms designed to foster innovation.
From giving schoolchildren “room to
grow” to deregulating entrepreneurial activity,
the government and many in the private sector
hope to solve Japan’s so-called “creativity problem.”
Although the economy is improving, more
than a decade of economic doldrums has fueled
criticism of Japanese classroom and corporate
culture. Innovation is now recognized as the
single most important ingredient in any modern
economy—accounting for more than half
of economic growth in America and Britain.