Date of Defense
Dr. William Ritchie
Dr. David Flanagan
With the end of the Cold War, the Soviet threat is no longer a factor in our formulation of trade policy with Japan. In days past, the State Department cited geopolitical concerns in its on-going battle with those sections of the government who were more willing to slap trade restrictions on Japan for alleged unfair trading practices. Until the early 1970s, United States trade policy was almost totally subjugated to winning the Cold War; our market was thrown open to imports even if others were not. Back then, though, this was not only a wise Cold War "military tactic," but it also made good economic sense. Japan and Europe were so economically decimated by World War II, that we needed to pull up their economies in order to have trading partners.
Behnke, Stephen D., "US/Japanese Trade Policy: A Defense of Limited Unilateralism" (1997). Honors Theses. 862.
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