About Us

経済学101, Economics 101,  is a non-profit organization founded to provide high quality information on economics in Japan. It is named after Economics 101, a course number widely used for introductory economics classes in the U.S. colleges. It aims to supply a free collection of basic educational materials and translations on the subject online.


Why has the growth of the Japanese economy drastically slowed since 1990 and how can we get out of this so-called Lost Decade? It has been debated by many economists, politicians, and others, not only in Japan, but worldwide. Especially after the financial crisis in 2008, other economies including the U.S. and the U.K. have started to resemble that of Japan and there has been renewed interest in the Japanese economy and its problems.

One of our missions is to supply the translations of the debates about the Japanese economy to the public in Japan. Although so many great articles about the Japanese economy have been written in newspapers and blogs outside Japan, they are not accessible to people living in the very country. We want to change this by acquiring translation rights from writers and bloggers overseas and  provide the free translations online with the help from our contributors, including professional translators.

Our Partners

Paul Krugman – The New York Times News Service and Syndicate
James Hamilton and Menzie Chinn – Econbrowser
Lars Christensen – The Market Monetarist
Mark Thoma – Economist’s View
Nick Rowe – Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
Scott Sumner  – The Money Illusion
Tim Duy – Tim Duy’s Fed Watch
Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok – Marginal Revolution
Michael Smitka – Japan and Economics
Noah Smith – Noaphinion
Peterson Institute for International Economics – RealTime Economic Issues Watch
VoxEU.org – VOX



Takayuki Takinami
Representative Director, Economics 101

Rion Aoki
Representative Director, Economics 101