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Japanese Investment in the World Economy

A Study of Strategic Themes in the Internationalisation of Japanese Industry Roger Farrell, Centre Associate, Australia–Japan Research Centre, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
This book examines Japanese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world economy over more than five decades. It provides a unique focus on the internationalisation experience of selected industries, such as forestry, textiles, electronics, motor vehicles, steel and services as well as case studies of individual firms.

Japanese Investment in the World Economy is distinctive in that it examines overseas investment by firms in the primary, manufacturing and services sectors over the period in which the Japanese economy became the second largest in the world.
Extent: 480 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84064 258 2
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This book examines Japanese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world economy over more than five decades. It provides a unique focus on the internationalisation experience of selected industries, such as forestry, textiles, electronics, motor vehicles, steel and services as well as case studies of individual firms. Roger Farrell considers the theoretical explanations for Japanese FDI and particular motivations which have been an ongoing rationale for FDI, including:

• energy and resource security
• the theme of retaining market access
• the relocation of manufacturing to retain international competitiveness
• withdrawal after the bubble economy
• the new phase of investment in the 2000s.

Japanese Investment in the World Economy is distinctive in that it examines overseas investment by firms in the primary, manufacturing and services sectors over the period in which the Japanese economy became the second largest in the world. The book provides a succinct overview of Japanese FDI of interest to professionals and students of business, economics, international relations, politics and Japanese culture.
‘As the title suggests, this is an ambitious book. Broad in scope and rich in detail, it examines the rise and fall of Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) in nearly two dozen industries, from electronics and automobile manufacturing to real estate and construction services, in almost every region of the world over the past half century or more. The result is an encyclopedic volume (459 pages with index). . . useful for East Asian business scholars or those interested in the overseas activities of Japanese firms. Farrell has written. . . a sweeping survey of Japanese FDI.’
– Walter Hatch, Journal of Japanese Studies

‘Roger Farrell has written a weighty compendium on Japanese direct foreign investment. At over 450 pages it covers the full array of Japan’s diverse industries and sectors, from fisheries and lumber to steel and automobiles, and in the service industries from banking to telecommunications. Apart from the breadth of coverage, this work is even more remarkable considering that Japanese multinationals and their overseas investments have been largely “under the radar” of social scientists of late, especially so since the ascent of China in the early years of the present decade.’
– David W. Edgington, Growth and Change

‘Enhanced with indexes, appendixes, and editorial opinions on the subject, Japanese Investment in the World Economy is a complete and comprehensive scholarly reference, ideal for college and community library economics collections.’
– Midwest Book Review – The Economics Shelf
Contents: Foreword by Peter Drysdale Part I: Overview 1. Japanese Investment in the World Economy 2. Patterns of Japanese Investment Part II: Strategic Themes 3. Strategic Motivations 4. Organisation and Structure 5. Geography and Investment 6. Financing Investment Part III: Supply Security 7. Agriculture and Food Security 8. Fisheries and Resource Security 9. Resources and Energy 10. Forestry, Lumber and Pulp Part IV: Light Manufacturing 11. The Shifting Textiles Industry 12. Defensive Strategies of Beverages and Tobacco 13. Chemicals, Plastics, Glass and Rubber Industries 14. Internationalisation of Pharmaceuticals Part V: Metals and Manufacturing 15. The Non-ferrous Metals Industries 16. Steel Industry Strategies Part VI: Complex Machinery and Equipment 17. General and Precision Machinery 18. Globalisation of the Automotive Industry 19. Internationalisation of Electrical and Electronic Machinery Part VII: Services and Investment 20. Services and Investment 21. Expansion and Withdrawal of Financial Services 22. Transport and Communication Services 23. Construction Services 24. Global Real Estate Investment Part VIII: Conclusion 25. Concluding Comments Index