In this Bloomberg article, Jared Diamond says that there are three things that are causing Japan’s economic problems to worsen. The problems are marriages and babies, old people/immigrants, and non-sustainable resources.
I found the problem of non-sustainbale resources interesting because we did not really discuss this in depth. Although no country is completely self-sufficient in renewable natural resources, especially forest and seafood, it is interesting that a country with limit resources like Japan would be opposed to sustainability.
Japan could be the First World country that is the most opposed to sustainable policies. It has much higher levels of illegally sourced and unsustainably harvested forest imports than the European Union and the United States. In 2010, Japan blocked the international protection for Atlantic/Mediterranean bluefin tuna because it is widely consumed in Japan.
Diamond hypothesizes that the cause of Japan’s disdain towards conservation stems from its countries core values. He concludes that Japan’s desire to become the first non-Western to rival the West in wealth and power is the driving force behind this anti-sustainable outlook.