This text examines how the internationalization of corporate activities has affected the commercial policy preferences of Japanese corporations. Using case studies of three industrial sectors and of Keidanren (Japan's most influential business federation), the author argues that growth of international operations is one of the major reasons why internationally oriented firms and their main business federation have committed themselves to promoting the opening of keiretsu groups, and to promoting market access for foreign firms and products. The book includes information about business-government relations, political conflict and policy making and implementation processes in Japan.
HIDETAKA YOSHIMATSU is Research Associate Professor at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushu, Japan. Dr Yoshimatsu received his M.A. from the University of Warwick and PhD from the Australian National University.