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A History of Japan’s Government-Business Relationship

The Passenger Car Industry

Subjects: History, Asian and Southeast Asian History, Business, Economics, History of Economic Thought, Asian Studies, Japan
Paperback : 9780939512409, 252 pages, 6 x 9, January 1990
Open Access : 9780472902071, 252 pages, 6 x 9, August 2020

Open access edition funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
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Examines the interactions between Japan's government and passenger car industry as it traces the development of the industry from its origins in the early 1900s.


Despite the economic and political importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship and the extensive attention paid to automotive trade, few American scholars or policy makers are familiar with the history of Japanese government-business relations, either generally or for specific industries such as passenger cars. This book hopefully helps in a small way to fill that gap in our knowledge and, thus, to help strengthen the foundation from which we make public policy decisions about bilateral trade. [ix]

Phyllis A. Genther is the director of the Asia-Pacific Technology Program for the U.S. Department of Commerce