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Japan's stock market is rocket hot. Want in? You should know why many locals are staying out

Oh, what a wild ride! You would think, perhaps, that the Japanese would be used to it. After all, this is the nation that saw a helium-pumped stock market rise 500% in the 1980s, the country that experienced some of the world's fastest economic growth from 1949 to 1991, the land where "better, faster, cooler" products are a national obsession. But frankly, the Japanese are not enjoying the financial ride they are on at this moment. Since the start of the year, Japan's Nikkei index has gone up nearly 30%. (In the U.S., the Dow has risen 19%.) The country's economy,...

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