This innovative work demystifies the Japanese economy by considering it as a strategic system. Showing how the Japanese “miracleâ€ is actively planned, directed, and implemented by a constellation of institutions, government policymakers, and big business, Huber argues that Japan, Inc., can best be compared to a modern military system rather than exclusively to a free-market economy. The author highlights particularly the similarity between Japan’s strategic economy and some of the structures and policy dynamics of the U.S. military and shows how Japans economic strategies have the capability of adversely affecting its trading partners.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Domestic Strategy -- MITI: Prospero’s World -- Neo-Zaibatsu and Cartels: Coordination and Competition -- Banks and Policy Companies: Market Conformity -- Strategic Corporations: Public Production -- International Strategy -- Global Presence: Structures of Implementation -- Strategic Objectives: Tending the Gate and Operations Abroad -- Conclusion -- Strategic Economy: Schumpeter, Napoleon, and Others
Thomas M. Huber is an institutional historian and Japan specialist on the history faculty of the Army graduate school in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College). He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and has served as a visiting assistant professor in the history departments of Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, and other major universities. His earlier publications include The Revolutionary Origins of Modern Japan (1981).