Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects

Year of Award

1994

Degree

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

College

College of Business & Professional Studies

Degree Program

Business Administration

Department

Business Administration

Keywords

exports, imports, government, world, growth

Abstract

The bilateral relationship with Japan now dominates American thinking on the benefits and costs of foreign trade. Japan has become the model of all things modem and efficient, the standard against which the United States measures its own economy and finds itself wanting. But Japan is also firmly established as the villain in the industrial adjustment woes that have plagued the United States in recent years; most Americans remain unaware that Japan has encountered many of the same difficulties in reducing excess capacity, often in the same industries. Such paradoxes typify the intense and stormy relationship between the world's economic superpowers. As the world economic system is increasingly interdependent and increasingly vulnerable; it is also increasingly multipolar and less hegemonic. It is not easy to find the best global economic system to reduce that vulnerability. This thesis attempts to span at least partially a cultural gap as broad as the Pacific Ocean. My approach has been to synthesize the two countries' different perceptions of bilateral relationship in a number of different social science fields. I hope that this approach will fill a gap in international economic relations literature as well as contribute to a better communications process between Japan and the United States.

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