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Ireland and Japan ‐ the search for the tiger

Philippe M. Brillet


This paper tries to bridge the gap between the apparent oddity and the overnight popularity of the phrase 'Celtic Tiger'. It suggests out that the Tiger referred to is probably Japan, a country that shares with Ireland numerous features. Both are archipelagos, set between an ocean and an old civilisation - ten times more populated - that has long tried to subdue them. Each has also protected itself through a strong commitment to neutrality and, ultimately, an alliance with the US. Last, but not least, comes a recent prosperity, that contrasts sharply for both nations with their past. The Irish people are probably not aware of the magnitude of these similarities, yet one may venture that enough is known (and felt, even subconsciously) to explain the instant adoption of a flattering image that links the Republic to Japan.

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