Why does the foreign press keep criticising Japan’s economic animals?

For some reason business leaders in Japan often say they are economic animals. Perhaps this humility prepares them for criticism when economic growth, measured by GDP, looks weak or sluggish.

But is it the right to measure a country’s value using such statistics?

In this week’s Japan Story blog, Duncan Bartlett talk to the former Tokyo Bureau Chief of the Financial Times David Pilling about why he thinks some negative stories about Japan are based on a delusion.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.