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Japan and the Third World: Patterns, Power, Prospects by William R. Nester

By William R. Nester

An research of ways Tokyo entangles strategic nations and areas in an built-in in a foreign country political monetary internet, producing huge, immense wealth and tool for Japan.

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To strengthen its international role, MITI always sought more embassy positions; however, MOFA - in control of such assignments - for a long time did not accede to MITI's demands. MITI ... quickly found a way to circumvent MOFA's authority: it seconded its officials to organizations under its jurisdictions - such as the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) - and then had the officials assigned to the United States. 46 Paradoxically, as the bureaucratic-led corporatism of the 1950s gave way to the balanced corporatism of the 1960s and 1970s which in turn has devolved into the neocorporatism of the 1980s and 1990s, the government has increasing difficulties in implementing any genuine liberalisation.

39 But behind these low formal barriers are a vast array of other barriers which include discriminatory government red tape, administrative guidance, standards, limits on bonded warehouses that handle imports, permits and licences, product specifications, model change applications which take an average of 18 months, individual rather than bulk inspection for such products as automobiles, required test results that can only use Japanese, or patents issued only after an average six year wait during which time Japanese firms can copy the foreign technology.

Tokyo has overwhelmingly achieved the national goals of economic and military security, rapid modernisation, economic superpower status, and foreign recognition of these tremendous accomplishments. How is Japanese power manifested? An increasingly interdependent world is becoming increasingly dependent on Japan's vast financial, technological and corporate power; the more dependent the world is on Japan, the greater Japan's military and economic security. Although there are considerable mixed feelings around the world over the means Tokyo used to achieve its goals of global power, modernisation, security and acceptance, almost everyone agrees that its accomplishments are astonishing and Japanese industrial policies, corporate strategy and industrial structure could serve as economic development models for other countries.

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