Banking in Japan

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Banking in Japan offers a wide-ranging survey of the institutional structures, operating principles and regulatory frameworks of Japan's financial system from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the mid-1990s. This collection is an invaluable resource for researchers and students of the Japanese economy and banking and finance worldwide.
Japan's financial system is the subject of intense debate. Immediately after the Second World War, Japan's financial order was derided by Western commentators as unsuited to modern industrial economy. By the 1970s derision had turned to respect as it became clear that Japan's banking system played an important part in Japan's post-war economic success.
The most influential articles written by Western and Japanese scholars since the Second World War are included.
Critical questions asked include:
* how is the Japanese financial system different from American and European models?
* how can the distinctive evolutionary trajectory of Japanese banking be explained?
* is Japan's system unique?

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This three-volume set surveys the institutional structures, operation principles, and regulatory frameworks of Japan's financial system from the Maiji Restoration in 1868 to the mid-1990s. Significant articles written by Western and Japanese scholars since WWII are included. General themes include differences between the Japanese, American, and European financial systems, and explanations for the distinctive evolutionary trajectory of Japanese banking. Volume I covers the period 1868-1952, and Volume II covers the high growth era of 1952- 1973. Volume III looks at deregulation, internationalization, and adjustment since 1973. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415170116
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Routledge Library of Modern Japan Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 1120
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction xiii
Part I Overviews
1 Japanese financial development in historical perspective, 1868-1980 3
Part II From the Meiji Restoration to World War I
2 Japan, 1868-1914 31
3 Japan, 1868-1930: a revised view 77
Part III The interwar period
4 Exposing the incompetence of the bourgeoisie: the financial panic of 1927 109
5 Japanese banks and national economic policy, 1920-1936 118
Part IV World War II and the Occupation
6 Financial sector reform after the war 137
7 Evolution of the main bank system in Japan 159
Volume II Japanese Banking in the High-Growth Era, 1952-1973
Part I Overviews
8 Banking and finance 3
9 Money and banking in contemporary Japan 64
10 Japan: development and structural change of the financial system 88
Part II Financial structure, capital markets and monetary policy
11 Finance, capital markets and economic growth in Japan 147
12 The "low interest rate policy" and economic growth in postwar Japan 177
13 Japan's financial system: a micro approach 201
14 Monetary policy prior to reform 216
Part III Financial institutions and the main bank system
15 The economic role of financial corporate grouping 251
16 What role has the "main bank" played in Japan? 285
17 The Japanese main bank system: an introductory overview 305
18 The relevance of Japanese finance and its main bank system 351
Part IV The state, banking regulation and industrial policy
19 Dissecting the Finance Ministry--Bank of Japan dynasty 407
20 Governments, markets, and growth: financial systems and the politics of industrial change 432
21 The Japanese financial system in comparative perspective 449
22 From relationship to price banking: the loss of regulatory control 472
23 Private financiers and public functions 515
24 Beyond strategy? 555
25 Institutional and regulatory frameworks for the main bank system 586
26 Financing Japanese industry: the interplay between the financial and industrial bureaucracies 605
Volume III Japanese Banking Since 1973: Deregulation, Internationalization and Adjustment
Part I Overviews
27 The Japanese financial system in transition 3
28 The political economy of the financial market 30
29 Aspects of financial restructuring in contemporary Japan 69
Part II The political economy of financial liberalization
30 The internationalization of finance in Japan 89
31 Financial deregulation and interest intermediation 113
32 Deregulation and legalization of financial policy 134
Part III The "bubble economy" and its aftermath
33 Problems in the Japanese financial system in the early 1990s 159
34 Japan's banks and the "bubble economy" of the late 1980s 181
35 Bubbles, bursts and bailouts: a comparison of three episodes of financial crises in Japan 210
36 The 'crisis' of non-performing loans: a crisis for the Japanese financial system? 230
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