Innovation in Japan

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In this age of high technology, Japan's success in continuous improvement and innovation in key industries, ranging from steel and automobiles to electronics, has been spectacular, and the unique institutional arrangements that have supported this success have attracted wide attention. Yet, with only a few exceptions, the discussion of Japan's innovation system has tended to be anecdotal. This book investigates Japan's current innovation system through empirical, mostly quantitative, research. The contributors, who are leading Japanese scholars on these subjects, reveal the rich and complex nature of the japanese innovation system, and describe in detail its strengths and weaknesses.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Technological Importation in Japan 20
3 Diffusion of the Systemic Approach in Japan: Gauge and Industrial Standards 39
4 The Dynamic Aspect of Product Development Capabilities: An International Comparison in the Automobile Industry 57
5 Production Technology and Productivity Growth in the Japanese Electrical Machinery Industry 100
6 Technological Innovation and Competition in the Japanese Semiconductor Industry 121
7 The Innovation Process in the Japanese Steel Industry 159
8 Intrafirm Transfers of Engineers in Japan 173
9 Overseas R&D Activities of Japanese Firms 204
10 The Patent System and R&D in Japan 229
11 Co-operative Research in Japanese Manufacturing Industries 256
12 Technological Progress in Japanese Environmental Problems 275
13 The Role of the Japanese Higher Education System in Relation to Industry 294
Subject Index 309
Index of Names 312
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