Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects

Year of Award



Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

Degree Program

Business Administration


Business Administration


Asia, Hong Kong, trade, import, export, China, Singapore, Taiwan


The geographic area of the Pacific rim is as large as it is diverse. It accounts for two-fifths of the world's surface and nearly half of the world's population. By any standard, the nations that encompass the Pacific rim are dissimilar in many fundamental respects, including differences in culture, political systems, and economic orders. Their differences also run the gamut from those that are as rich and stable as Japan and as poor and turbulent as China. The Pacific rim is undergoing the fastest period of economic expansion in history, growing at five times the growth rate during the industrial revolution. Japan encompasses a vast and complex business infrastructure that includes some of the world's largest securities' firms and banks. Australia and New Zealand provide the anchor on the south. Australia, almost as large as the continental U.S., is more British than Asian; however, its location makes it imperative for the continent to think Asian. The Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs) include Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. In addition to Singapore, the members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) include Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. This thesis will focus on Japan and NICs only (see Fig. 1). Part I discusses the Pacific rim region and deals with the background of that region. Part II discusses China and describes the economy of mainland China and also China's trading relationship with Japan. Part III discusses the NICs which includes Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. Part IV discusses Japan, the greatest economy in this region now, and how Japan trades with other countries in the Asia Pacific rim region. Finally, Part V is a conclusion and summary of this thesis and discusses all of the countries that trade with Japan and also the future of the economies.

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