China is poised to gain global importance as a growth engine for the world economy on a par with Europe and the USA. Japanese multinational enterprises are increasingly active in relocating to China their R&D and capital- and knowledge-intensive production for both export-platform and target market reasons. It is at the juncture of the growing impact of China-related activities of Japanese corporations on the transformation of Japanese management philosophies, on the one hand, and the transformation of the Japanese economy more generally, on the other, that this book is situated.
As Japanese corporations re-align activities to increasingly accommodate the growing importance of China as a business location, inter-regional expansion will integrate more deeply the Chinese economy within their global strategies, business structures and decision-taking. By presenting current research and thinking on the significance of corporate Japan’s growing engagement with China, the book explores the following immanent questions: What is China’s future position in the global corporate activities of Japanese firms? How has China’s investment profile changed and how and with what purpose do Japanese firms enforce their Chinese presence? The book sheds light on the implications for European businesses and policy-makers of the consequences of deepening integration of these two economic powerhouses.
Introduction Sierk Horn and Adam R. Cross 1. The Rise of the Japanese Multinational Enterprise: Then and Now Peter J. Buckley Part 1: Japanese Investment Strategies for China 2. Competition Strategies of Japanese Manufacturing Firms in China mid-1990s and 2000s Tetsuo Abo 3. Spatial Determinants and Characteristics of Japanese FDI in China John Cassidy 4. The Evolution of Japanese Investment in China: From Toys to Textiles to BPO Andrew Delios 5. Cross-Border Development of Equipment Manufacturing Industries in Asia Markus Thinnes Part 2: Competitive and Localisation Strategies of Japanese MNEs 6. Cooperation or Competition in the Electronics Industry in China - Segmentation and Concentration Strategy with regard to R&D and Human Resources Development Sung-Jo Park 7. Pre-clusterization in Emerging Markets: The Toyota Group's Entry Process in China Faith Hatani 8. The Competitive Edge and Localisation Dilemma faced by Japanese Companies in China Hiroshi Itagaki Part 3: Japanese Management Practices in China 9. Multidomestic Industries from Japan and the Transfer of Organisational Practices to Chinese Subsidiaries Jos Gamble 10. Leapfrogging the Wheel of Retail: Japanese Retailing Strategies in China Sierk Horn and Katrin Horn 11. A Comparative Study of Product Development and Marketing in China and Japan Tomoo Marukawa Part 4: Japanese MNEs and Regional Integration in East and SE Asia 12. Intermodal Logistics Developments in North-East Asia - Challenges and Directions Burkhard Horn and Sam Dzever 13. Global Operations Management of Japanese companies in the Asian Region Masahiro Miyagawa 14. The Transformation of Japan Post into a Global Player Tim Goydke