Steady-State Economy

Infinite economic growth is impossible on a planet with finite capacity. We need to shift toward a steady-state economy -- one that can be dynamic while its size stays the same. Ahead of other countries in the world, Japan has entered an era of declining population, which could be a window of opportunity to move toward a steady-state economy. This section presents ideas and efforts toward such an economy.
Sep 30, 2016
Building a society with a healthy lifestyle, where even the elderly can lead a...
Mar 16, 2016
Mariko Kawaguchi, chief researcher at Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd., analy...
Feb 29, 2016
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Learning and Applying Lessons from the Sustainable Economy of the Edo Period
Feb 9, 2016
Saburo Kato is a Japanese environmental activist and president of the Japan As...
Using the Circulation of Local Money to Recover the Economy and Population (Part 2): Research Shows the Benefits of 'Taking Back' Rural Revenues
Jan 29, 2016
In the last JFS Newsletter, the December 2015 issue, we introduced the 1% Rura...
Aiming for Happiest Marginal Community in Japan through Renewable Energy
Dec 28, 2015
Japan has entered a period of rapid population decline. If the trend continues...
Finding Balance between the Two Extremes of Economic Growth and Happiness
Dec 12, 2015
Tetsufumi Okushi is known as an brilliant entrepreneur in Japan who grew a sin...
Biomass Energy Powered the Edo Period
Aug 11, 2015
The interval of Japan's history between 1603 and 1867 is called the Edo Period...
Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 2)
Jul 31, 2015
The previous issue of the JFS Newsletter introduced problems resulting from a ...
The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'
Jul 20, 2015
The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), with JFS ...
Japan's Depopulating Society: Population Concentration in Tokyo and the Disappearance of Local Municipalities (Part 1)
Jul 13, 2015
A report released in May 2014, the so-called "Masuda Report," made a big impac...
Fact or Fiction: Does Economic Growth Alleviate Joblessness and Poverty?
Feb 24, 2015
Approximately 80% of Japanese people think that continued GDP growth is necess...

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