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10. Economic Interdependence of Japan and China: An Understanding

Author : Munim Kumar Barai

Published in: Towards A Common Future

Publisher: Springer Singapore

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Abstract

Recent developments between China and Japan are seemingly shaping a collision course and creating tensions in their bilateral economic relations. Economically, both countries are important to each other and any adverse event is likely to have a bigger long-term impact on their economies. This is because of the depth and width of the economic and financial engagement developed between them. On the one hand, China is now Japan’s biggest trading partner. Japan, on the other hand, has a substantial amount of investment in China. All the major Japanese companies are now deeply engaged in production in China and it is a strategic spot in their international supply chain. Similarly, short-term Japanese portfolio investment is playing an important role in the Chinese stock markets. Beyond these economic and financial linkages, Japan, in recent years, has been seeing an increasing number of open-wallet Chinese tourists to the delight of its sluggish economy. This chapter examines the possible economic impact of any disruption of this interconnection between China and Japan.

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Footnotes
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Four figures in particular stand out: political scientist Chalmers Johnson, whose 1982 book MITI and the Japanese Miracle laid much of the intellectual groundwork for later writers; former Reagan administration trade negotiator Clyde Prestowitz, who authored Trading Places: How We Are Giving Our Future to Japan and How to Reclaim It and later founded the Economic Strategy Institute to advance the revisionist viewpoint; former U.S. News & World Report editor James Fallows, whose 1989 article “Containing Japan” in the Atlantic Monthly cast U.S.-Japan relations in Cold War terms; and Dutch journalist Karel van Wolferen, author of The Enigma of Japanese Power. These men influenced many others—including novelist Michael Crichton, whose 1992 jingoistic thriller Rising Sun became a number-one bestseller.
 
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Metadata
Title
Economic Interdependence of Japan and China: An Understanding
Author
Munim Kumar Barai
Copyright Year
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5592-8_10

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