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Is the Japanese Distribution System Becoming More Accessible to Foreign Firms?

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  • Ralf bebenroth

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

  • Nir Kshetri

    (The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA)

  • Reinhard Hunerberg

    (University of Kassel)

Abstract

Complexities in the Japanese distribution system are well-publicized. An emerging body of literature has documented recent changes in the Japanese distribution system. In this paper, it is examined whether foreign firms' accessibility to the Japanese distribution system has changed in a favorable direction in recent years. Furthermore, as foreign firms vary widely in terms of institutional barriers and complexity they face in the Japanese market, the authors also investigate the determinants of inter-firm heterogeneity in their assessment of the Japanese distribution system.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 242.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:242

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Keywords: Japan; Distribution system; Institutional inertia; Business networks;

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