"To protect jobs and plants, the government and its state-owned banks sometimes keep money-losing businesses on life-support by rolling over or restructuring loans, providing fresh credit or offering other aid."
"In Japan, such businesses, known as 'zombie companies,' are blamed for contributing to that country's two decades of economic stagnation."
Zombies are everywhere in contemporary culture - from video games to television and films on the big screen to descriptions of lifeless, unproductive companies "stalking" Asian economies and certainly as empty signifiers in philosophy and psychiatry. As a contemporary cultural trope, zombies signify the evacuation of the human.
Schuman, Michael. Zombie factories stalk the sputtering Chinese economy. International New York Times, August 28, 2015.
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