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

By William R. Nester

An research of the way Tokyo entangles strategic international locations and areas in an built-in abroad political financial internet, producing huge, immense wealth and gear for Japan.

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Including): formal inclusion of interest groups in government administration for purposes of assistance in policy implementation, in exchange for guaranteed access to government officials, legitimation of interest groups in ministerial advisory and consultation processes and . . bureaucratic protection and patronage. The end product of corporatized relations between 28 Japan and the Third World the state and interest groups is cooperation between the various parts of the public and private sectors in the pursuit of commonly agreed policy goals.

The LDP Policy Affairs and Research Committee (PARe) and 'policy tribes' (zoku) are increasingly powerful in shaping policy to protect their own corporate constituents. Despite these changes, the real balance of power has shifted toward the corporate world. The Japan Federation of Economic Organisations (Keidaren) remains the dominant voice of big business in overall economic policy, with supporting roles by the Japan Committee for Economic Development (Keizai Doyoku) and Japan Chamber of Commerce (Nissho).

How are they structured? Japan's trade barriers are best understood as a series of concentric walls surrounding specific industries, firms and products within Japan. The outer walls - tariffs and quotas - are the most visible and easily penetrated. But within these walls are a half dozen others, each more difficult to clearly identify and surmount than the last. There are two types of trade barriers: government barriers that directly discriminate against foreign goods, and government-influenced barriers that help protect established Japanese companies from both Japanese and foreign entrepreneurs.

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