South Korea should overtake Japan by 2017 on per capita income (GDP PPP)

Looking at GDP PPP numbers across the four Asian tigers shows that they are each slowly reaching, if not, overtaking Japan.

1993 Singapore overtook Japan in GDP PPP
1997 Hong Kong , and
2010 Taiwan in 2010

South Korea should overtake Japan as the richest [larger] country in Asia in terms of GDP PPP by 2017.

It was only in 1980 that South Korea had a GDP PPP that was less than one quarter of that seen in Japan at the time. South Korea has clearly come a long way since 1980, especially given that back then, companies such as Hyundai, LG, and Samsung were practically unheard of outside of Seoul.

The IMF still expects Japan to be ahead of South Korea in 2017 (barely). So it might be 2018 for South Korea to overtake Japan in per capita GDP PPP.

Taiwan is passing Canada on per capita GDP PPP.

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