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Divided Sun: MITI and the Breakdown of Japanese High-Tech Industrial Policy, 1975-1993

Callon, Scott

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ISBN 10: 0804725055 / ISBN 13: 9780804725057
Published by Stanford, 1995, 1995
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Title: Divided Sun: MITI and the Breakdown of ...

Publisher: Stanford, 1995

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Divided Sun is the story of the methods and machinations that have driven Japan's high tech industrial policies over the last two turbulent decades. It focuses on MITI and Japan's giant electronics firms in the context of the core of MITI's high tech strategy since the 1970s, the so-called 'cooperative' technology consortia. The author finds that despite widespread claims to the contrary, MITI's industrial policy in high technology has proved to be neither cooperative nor successful. He shows that the policymaking process is torn by conflict and competition: between MITI and other bureaucracies, between MITI and powerful Japanese companies, and between the different companies. MITI's task has become more difficult in the 1980s and 1990s as other Japanese ministries have blocked many of the new initiatives. The author argues that it will have to redefine itself to survive and carve out a new role in the Japanese political economy and the bureaucracy.

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“Callon has done his research with exemplary thoroughness. . . . He draws extensively on Japanese-language documents, newspapers, and government papers. But what makes Callon’s evaluation particularly worthwhile is that it is also based on interviews with some 100 Japanese researchers, managers, and bureaucrats. . . . From this wealth of inside information, Callon concludes that it is companies, not government bureaucracies that have been at the heart of Japan’s stunning postwar ascent.”—The New Scientist
“Callon’s findings are extraordinary. . . . It is essential for anyone trying to get a little closer to the core of what makes Japan tick.”—The Japan Times

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