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OTHER OPINION: A test of Japan’s unity

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The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 damaged a nation already weakened by man-made problems. Japan has been stagnating, economically, politically and demographically, for two decades. Its national debt is roughly twice as big as its economy, which has been overtaken, in size, by China’s. Meanwhile, a new political force that rose to power two years ago, the Democratic Party of Japan, has yet to deliver the fresh policies the country needs.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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