Pragmatic financialisation: the role of the Japanese Post Office

Robinson, Gary (2016) Pragmatic financialisation: the role of the Japanese Post Office. New Political Economy. ISSN 1356-3467

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The Japanese Post Office, one of the world’s largest financial institutions, was finally privatised in 2015, marking an appropriate time to examine financialisation in Japan. Literature on financialisation and changes in Japanese capitalism assumes convergence on Anglo-American capitalism with a diminishing of state power. The main argument of this paper is that financialisation is instead a more contingent process. This is put forth through an examination of how this process has been mediated by the Japanese state through the workings of the Japanese Post Office. The state has frequently shaped the direction of financialisation by intervening in the routing of household funds via the postal savings system in order to achieve its objectives in different circumstances, particularly evident in the protracted and contested nature of the post bank’s privatisation. Financialisation is thus not preordained; instead its path is hewn by crisis, catastrophe, demographics and the agency of domestic social actors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Japan, financialisation, post office, savings, banking, privatisation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Nikoleta Kiapidou
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 14:29
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 02:00

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