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Japan’s competitiveness: Trends and challenges


  • Josef Bič

    () (University of Economics, Department of World Economy, Prague, Czech Republic)

  • Zuzana Stuchlíková

    () (University of Economics, Department of World Economy, Prague, Czech Republic)


There are many definitions and concepts of competitiveness in the literature. This article focuses on multilevel concepts of a country’s competitiveness, especially the broad concept of the World Economic Forum (WEF). This concept is explained through the example of Japan. The objective of the article is to discuss various concepts of a country’s international competitiveness, as well as to describe and analyse the competitiveness level of the current Japanese economy. The authors try to identify key competitiveness-related issues in the context of the country’s macroeconomic development in the last decade.

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  • Josef Bič & Zuzana Stuchlíková, 2013. "Japan’s competitiveness: Trends and challenges," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 35(4), pages 471-492, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:35:y:2013:i:4:p:471-492

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    competitiveness; Japan; innovation; debt; ageing; trade;

    JEL classification:

    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • P17 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Performance and Prospects


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