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Japanese Government-Business Collaboration and the Operations of Japanese Corporations in Asia: A Telecommunications Case

  • Hidetaka Yoshimatsu
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    This article examines the advancement of Japanese telecommunications carriers and equipment producers into Asia. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), the leading carrier in Japan, was restricted from entering international markets until recently, and this paper argues that the delay discouraged telecommunications equipment producers from promoting operations in Asia. While telecommunications-related firms gained some benefit in expanding business in Asia through official development assistance (ODA) programs, this advantage lessened as the programs became more open. It is often argued that the Japanese government and businesses collaboratively moved to Asia, but for the telecommunications sector the support from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) was not influential.

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    Paper provided by Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Asia Pacific Economic Papers with number 296.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:csg:ajrcau:296
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    1. Kenneth A. Froot & David B. Yoffie, 1993. "Trading Blocs and the Incentives to Protect: Implications for Japan and East Asia," NBER Chapters, in: Regionalism and Rivalry: Japan and the United States in Pacific Asia, pages 125-156 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Ernst, D., 1994. "Carriers of Regionalization: The East Asian Production Networks of Japanese Electronics Firms," UCAIS Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, Working Paper Series qt1j79s2rp, UCAIS Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, UC Berkeley.
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