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The explosive growth of the Japanese electronics industry continues to be driven by a combination of market forces and the unique characteristics of the Japanese social organization and people. As an industrial phenomenon, the Japanese electronics industry receives considerable attention from researchers in various fields. However, most of their studies focus on either historical analyses intent on discovering the secret of the industry's enormous success, or on the issue of America's competitiveness in the face of challenges from Japanese technology. Moreover, none of these studies can be free of the bias that stems from each researcher's own upbringing and environment. The authors of The Japanese Electronics Industry have pooled their diverse experience and talents to create a balanced, objective study of this complex subject. They illuminate the history and characteristics of the industry, show the current state of the industry, and explore the research, development, and education vital to the future of the industry.
Table of Contents
Japan Overview Land, Resources Climate Population and Ethic Groups Language Religion Education Government Structure Modern History Economic Overview Philosophy of Economic Policy Current Economic Conditions Foreign Trade Public Spending and Restructuring Program To Stimulate Foreign Iports into Japan Openness for Trade and Investment Outward Expansion of Offshore Facilities WTO Requirements to Deregulate the Financial Services Industry U.S. - Japan Relations History of the Japanese Electonics Industry Basics for Growth after World War II Entrepreneurial Thrusts in Consumer Electronics The Government and Large Companies Trade Friction Synopsis of History to the End of the 1980s The Japanese Electronics Industry Today Maturity of the Japanese Electronics Market Japan's Electronic Market Position The Micro-Electronics Industry Structure Miniaturization of Electronic Products Overall Landscape Packaging Portable Computers--An Example for Toshiba Libretto Metrics for Future Electonics Products Scenarios for the Future Research, Development, and Education Macro-scale Perspectives Dynamics of Technology Development Investments in the Electronics Industry National Research Institutes and Cooperative Research University Research and Education A Vision of Miniturization Epilogue References Index