Princes of the Yen

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The Princes of the Yen
Author Richard Werner
Country Germany
Language English and German
Subject Economic history
Publisher Routledge
Publication date
25 April 2003
ISBN 978-0765610492

The Princes of the Yen is a bestselling book by German development economist Richard Werner.[1][2]


The book was published in 2003 by Routledge publishers. The book was for many years considered too abstruse and obscure and yet at the same time, it was praised for its technical depth and well-researched nature. All this changed with a documentary adaptation, which has now made the book and its concepts more accessible to the wider world.[1][2]


The book is a thorough investigation of the macroeconomic driving forces behind the so-called Lost Decade, when the Japanese economy performed very poorly despite having witnessed many decades of hyper-growth. The book has been hailed by many for having revealed the backroom dealings and secret plannings of the central bankers of Japan and the world in general.[2][1]


The book also owes its popularity to a much-appreciated documentary of the same name written and directed by Michael Oswald and released by Spider's Web Films. The documentary itself has garnered millions of views on YouTube and other social media websites.[3][4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Princes of the Yen: How Japan's Central Bankers Engineered their Country's Boom and Bust". February 19, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Totten, Bill (August 10, 2003). "Pulling away the curtains from the 'Princes of the Yen'". The Japan Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Princes of the Yen (Documentary Film)" – via<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Princes of the Yen". November 5, 2014 – via IMDb.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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