2 charts that challenge the conventional wisdom about Japan's economy

A pedestrian looks at an electronic board displaying various countries' stock market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo December 24, 2013. Tokyo's Nikkei sped to a six-year peak, adding about 0.8 percent and topping the 16,000-mark, driven by buying from long-only investors after Wall Street marched upwards. Japan's benchmark was up more than 50 percent this year, on track forits best annual rise since 1972.

The unemployment rate in Japan is just 2.5 percent. Image: REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS)

Matt O'Brien
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Japan has made up for its 14% drop in GDP. Image: Washington Post
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