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On the Use of FTAs by Japanese Firms: Further Evidence

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  • Takahashi Katsuhide

    (Kokugakuin University)

  • Urata Shujiro

    (Waseda University)

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The paper examines the use of free trade agreements (FTAs) by Japanese firms. The FTAs analyzed include Japan’s FTAs with Mexico, Malaysia and Chile. Based on 1,688 responses to a questionnaire survey conducted in 2008, the study finds that the utilization rate of FTAs ranges between 32.9% (Japan-Mexico FTA) and 12.2% (Japan-Malaysia FTA). The survey results and the statistical analysis of the determinants of the use of FTAs reveal obstacles to using FTAs that include difficulty in obtaining the certificate of origin that is required to use the FTA, lack of knowledge of FTAs, and the small FTA tariff preference that is the difference between the most-favored-nation (MFN) and FTA tariff rates.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Business and Politics.

Volume (Year): 12 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 1-17

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:buspol:v:12:y:2010:i:1:n:2

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Cited by:
  1. Hayakawa, Kazunobu, 2012. "Firms' use of FTA schemes in exporting and importing : is there a two-way relationship?," IDE Discussion Papers 363, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  2. Hayakawa, Kazunobu, 2013. "Does the use of multiple FTAs force firms to raise local input share?: Evidence of the spaghetti bowl phenomenon," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 458-461.
  3. Shujiro URATA & Misa OKABE, 2013. "The Impact of AFTA on Intra-AFTA Trade," Working Papers DP-2013-05, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
  4. ANDO Mitsuyo & URATA Shujiro, 2011. "Impacts of the Japan-Mexico EPA on Bilateral Trade," Discussion papers 11020, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  5. John Ravenhill, 2011. "Political economy of multilateralization in Asia," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT, in: Trade-led growth: A sound strategy for Asia, chapter 7 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  6. Hayakawa, Kazunobu & Hiratsuka, Daisuke & Shiino, Kohei & Sukegawa, Seiya, 2009. "Who Uses FTAs?," IDE Discussion Papers 207, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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