The changing economic performance and political significance of Japan's agricultural cooperatives
Nokyo, the system of agricultural cooperatives in Japan, is one of the most politically powerful organisations in Japanese politics. It is a mammoth economic entity that provides almost every kind of service to rural areas. Nokyo’s economic performance has never been properly analysed because of the complexity of its business statistics. This paper fills this gap by compiling data on Nokyo’s economic activities over the past three decades. It finds that the mid-1990s was a turning point for...[Show more]
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