A Global Money Machine

Blessed with a giant trade surplus, Japan is becoming the biggest investor

Japan has long been renowned for its procession of bestselling products: cars and cameras, radios and record players, steel and semiconductors. In the future it will also be an important source of a more basic commodity: money. As Japan's trade surplus mushrooms, the country is raking in much more money than it spends at home. As a result, the Japanese are sending the funds back overseas by making loans, buying foreign stocks and bonds, and building factories in countries around the globe. Once merely a master manufacturer, Japan is on the way to becoming the world's premier investor and creditor. Its...

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