Japan's Changing Industrial Landscape

52 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2005

Date Written: October 2005


This paper explores various strategic options available to Japanese firms faced with the increasing market pressures in the global economy. Whether Japanese firms are able to retain the competitive edge will depend on the continuing gains in their manufacturing capability, their capacity to exploit and adapt to changing market circumstances, and innovativeness at many levels. The authors discuss six main developments that are changing the industrial landscape in Japan and in this context, they explore the nature of the responses required of firms and examine some implications of the measures adopted for the Japanese economy as a whole.

Keywords: Japan, Firm Strategies, production networking, innovation

JEL Classification: F14, J14, O14, O31, O33, L22, L23

Suggested Citation

Yusuf, Shahid and Nabeshima, Kaoru, Japan's Changing Industrial Landscape (October 2005). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3758. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=844847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.844847

Shahid Yusuf (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Kaoru Nabeshima

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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