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Deregulation was a major trend in the United States in the last quarter of the twentieth century. A number of major deregulation initiatives were passed. Some of these were withdrawn quickly (but not quickly enough to avoid major problems), including the deregulation of savings and loans. American savings banks, which were permitted to lend unfettered, had their depositors funds insured by the federal government, creating a moral hazard. Others have been considered more widely successful, including deregulation of transportation, the gas market, and the electricity market. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the media market was significantly deregulated.
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Since the economic buble in 1990s collapsed, the Japanese government has seen deregulation as effective way to life its economy because it has a huge deficit and cannot conduct a large tax-cut.