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New York Times Bestselling Author Clyde Prestowitz is a long time student of Japan who served as a lead negotiator with Tokyo in his position as Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration. His first book, Trading Places: How We Allowed Japan to Take the Lead (Basic Books, 1989), revolutionized thinking about Japan's economic miracle and its relationship with the United States. Prestowitz is the founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington. He served as Vice Chairman of President Clinton's Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region, as an advisor to the Export/Import Bank, as a member of Intel's Policy Advisory Committee, and as an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies of Indonesia. Prestowitz has also been a blogger for Foreign Policy Magazine and is a prolific contributor to publications such as the Financial Times, New York Times, and L.A.Times. In addition to Trading Places, his books include: Rogue Nation, Basic Books 2003, Three Billion New Capitalists, Basic Books 2005, and The Betrayal of American Prosperity, Simon&Schuster, 2010. He resides in Washington D.C. and Maui.


"Labor economist Prestowitz projects visions of Japan's future in this well-handled study of sensitive politico-economic issues disguised as a love letter to the country." -- Publishers Weekly
"Clyde Prestowitz's new book is one of the more thought-provoking forays into Asian-Pacific geopolitics to have been published in recent years -- at least as noteworthy for its messenger as for its message." --The Washington Post
"Does Japan have a future? It does, and a brilliant one, says -- of all people -- Prestowitz." --Japan Times
"A reinvigorated, strengthened Japan is crucial to maintaining America's chief strategic interest in the Far East: an East Asian community governed according to the rule of law. Japan Restored is a fine call-to-arms for Japan and its allies." --The Washington Free Beacon
"Clyde Prestowitz knows Japan well enough to speak about it with authority, likes Japan's people enough to care about their country's future, and is inventive and original-minded enough to have come up with a new way to think about an entire nation's possibilities. This book has the potential to recast discussion of Japan's way ahead. I hope it is widely read in Japan and around the world." --James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly
"In Clyde Prestowitz's imagining Japan really is back. Its universities and technology are world class, its women fully emancipated, its culture open, its political power devolved, its energy-dependence a thing of the past and its citizenry bilingual in Japanese and English. Fantasy? Absolutely. But Prestowitz draws on decades of policy-making experience to argue that his vision of Japan's future is not only desirable but feasible." --David Pilling, Asia Editor, The Financial Times
"Ever since Japan successfully challenged American industrial dominance in the 1980s, Clyde Prestowitz has been a leading voice in urging us to think differently about this remarkable and still misunderstood nation. His newest book builds on his rich career in trade and economic policy to probe more deeply into both Japan's persisting problems, and its still enormous potential to remain a creative force in the global economy." --Martin Fackler, The New York Times Bureau Chief, Tokyo
"Thirty years ago, the name Clyde Prestowitz stood for the top Japan basher who was warning the US to get its act together. But the true Prestowitz also had deep respect for Japanese values, was proficient in Japanese, and adopted a Japanese boy as his son. Now, in his latest book, he is advising the Japanese how to get its act together based on his own experience advising the US. It is a worthy read." --Richard C. Koo, Chief Economist, Nomura Research Institute

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