What could a trip to the dentist reveal about economics?

Most dentists expect their patients to tell them where the pain is before they suggest a cure.

The problem with countries is that they don’t always know what’s causing their economic aches and pains.

In this week’s Japan Story blog, we hear the blunt diagnosis for Japan from one of the world’s leading economic forecasters.

He says Japan’s become so used to chronic discomfort in some areas, it’s almost given up expecting an improvement.

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.