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Japan's Model of Economic Development: Relevant and nonrelevant Elements for Developing Economies

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Japan was the first non-western country to accomplish successful industrialization, and the dominant perception of its .industrial policy. had over-emphasized specific characteristics of Japan. However, from the perspective of today.s development thinking, Japan.s economic history shared a wide range of common factors in usual economic development: macroeconomic stability, human resource development, and economic infrastructure. Industrial policy in Japan sometimes worked well and sometimes did not, depending on how effectively it counteracted market failure and took advantage of market dynamism. We must note, however, that the external conditions faced by Japan were widely different from what today.s

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  • Kimura, Fukunari, 2009. "Japan's Model of Economic Development: Relevant and nonrelevant Elements for Developing Economies," WIDER Working Paper Series 022, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2009-22
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    1. Fukunari KIMURA, 2006. "International Production and Distribution Networks in East Asia: Eighteen Facts, Mechanics, and Policy Implications," Asian Economic Policy Review, Japan Center for Economic Research, vol. 1(2), pages 326-344.
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    industrial policy; industrialization; trade liberalization; macroeconomic stability; economic infrastructure;

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