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March 22nd, 2011
Episode 359 of 922 episodes
The crisis in Japan is a horrible human tragedy. Is it also an economic disaster? There are big, short-term economic problems. On today's show, a man who works at a major Japanese truck and bus manufacturer describes widespread factory closures and disruptions in the supply of parts. But in the long-term, for all of the suffering, Japan's economy is likely to bounce back from the disaster.