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JapanThe Precarious Future$
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Anne Allison

Print publication date: 1953

Print ISBN-13: 9781479889389

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.001.0001

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Manufacturing in Japan: Factories and National Policy

Manufacturing in Japan: Factories and National Policy

(p.189) Chapter Eight Manufacturing in Japan: Factories and National Policy

Takahiro Fujimoto

Frank Baldwin

NYU Press

Corporate management, convinced that factories in Japan cannot compete against China’s low wages and lax environmental regulations, have shifted manufacturing operations overseas. This chapter argues that industrial flight is a shortsighted strategy that harms innovation and undermines employment and middle-class values in Japan. Government policies, from taxes to climate change, should support the retention of excellent manufacturing sites in Japan.

Keywords:   manufacturing, work style, factories, hallowing out, offshore, comparative advantage, US manufacturing

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