Japan in a few charts:
The Stock Market is still down more 75% since the collapse of the late 1980s:
Inflation rate — or, as you can, the deflation rate, since the same period. Could the same thing happen to the US and Europe?
The 10 Year JGB, yielding between 2% and 0.5% in the past 15 years — could the same thing happen in the US and Europe?
BoJ interest rate. Japan has been in ZIRP for the past 15 years — could the same thing happen to the US and Europe?
The Government Debt-to-GDP ratio — above 200%, much much higher than any European country:
And the demographic time-bomb about to hit Japan:
Population growth — the population is actually declining:
People above 65 years old — pensioners are exploding relative to the rest of the population. They pay little to no taxes and sell their pension's investments:
People between 15 and 64 years old — declining steadily. These are the people who work, pay taxes, produce and invest in their pension funds:
People under 14 — there's no new generation waiting to take over. It's normal to see such a low birthrate. Would you think about having children if you were in a depression, having hard time meeting months ends and no knowing what tomorrow will bring?