Author

Hirano

Date of Award

4-1993

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ralph C. Chandler

Second Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Ziring

Third Advisor

Dr. Kenneth A. Dahlberg

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Trade friction between the United States and Japan is discussed and it is shown why negotiations like Structural Impediments Initiative Talks alone have not improved the trade relations between the two countries. This is not only because of fundamental cultural and economic differences, but because of significant differences in the interests of Japanese business, Japanese government, American business, and American government. The Japanese political system is described. A detailed description of Japanese conglomerated system (keiretsu) is presented. This conglomerate system is often viewed as a major obstacle by foreign companies to do business in Japan. The views of American politicians and businessmen on the Japanese business practice and Japanese government are shown. A potential solution to the problem of the trade friction between the United States and Japan indicates that close interaction between Japanese business, Japanese government, American business, and American government is proposed.

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