Unraveling the lessons of Japan's first tech boom

High-tech start-ups, unconventional management, and a party atmosphere: it sounds like a scene from a modern business incubator, but it also describes Japan’s cotton-spinning industry in the late 19th century.

Why words are the new numbers

Every day, we express ourselves in 500 million tweets and 64 billion WhatsApp messages. We perform more than 250 million searches on eBay. On Facebook, 864 million of us log in to post status updates, comment on news stories, and share videos.

The price of policy uncertainty

Uncertainty is confounding by its very definition. In the economy, uncertainty can arise from a number of different corners, including wars, natural disasters, and, of course, government decisions—or indecision.