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The Changing Economic Performance and Political Significance of Japan's Agricultural Cooperatives

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  • Yoshihisa Godo
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    Nokyo, the system of agricultural cooperatives in Japan, is one of the most politically powerful organisations in Japanese politics. It is a mammoth economic entity that provides almost every kind of service to rural areas. Nokyo’s economic performance has never been properly analysed because of the complexity of its business statistics. This paper fills this gap by compiling data on Nokyo’s economic activities over the past three decades. It finds that the mid-1990s was a turning point for Nokyo. Nokyo’s strength had been based on its privileged position in financial services, creating stability in its operations in the 1970s and 1980s. In the mid-1990s, as fierce competition began in Japan’s financial markets, Nokyo’s existence became less secure.

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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 318.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2001
    Handle: RePEc:csg:ajrcau:318
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