The Japanese Main Bank System: Its Relevance for Developing and Transforming Economies

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A thorough empirical and theoretical analysis of the Japanese main bank system, this book also examines the relevance of the system as a model for developing market economies and transforming socialist economies the world over. The basic characteristics of the main bank system are examined here: its roots, development, and role in the heyday of its rapid growth, as well as its performance, strengths and weaknesses. The work goes on to look at how the system has changed over the last two decades. The contributors conclude that banking-based systems are in most cases the most appropriate for industrial financing until a relatively late stage of a country's economic and financial development. Incorporating the results of a major World Bank research program, the volume brings together some of the best scholars in the field and will be of interest to specialists in Japanese studies and those with a general interest in systems of finance.

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"[The book] presents a well-balanced mixture of the description of practices, theoretical analyses, and impirical evidence to comprehensively explain the main bank relationship in the context of the Japanese financial system."—Journal of Japanese Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198288992
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 698
  • Product dimensions: 6.63 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanford and Kyoto Universities

Columbia University Business School

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword, Michael Bruno
Introduction, Masahiko Aoki and Hugh Patrick
Part I: The Japanese Main Bank System
1. The Japanese Main Bank System: An Introductory Overview, Masahiko Aoki, Hugh Patrick and Paul Sheard
2. Loan Syndication in War-Time Japan and the Origins of the Main Bank System, Juro Teranishi
3. Institutional and Regulatory Frameworks for the Main Bank System, Kazuo Ueda
4. Monitoring Characterisitcs of the Main Bank System: An Analytical and Developmental View, Masahiko Aoki
5. The Role of Long-Term Credit Banks Within the Main Bank System, Frank Packer
6. Main Banks and the Governance of Financial Distress, Paul Sheard
7. Explicit Reasons for Implicit Contracts: The Legal Logic tot he Japanese Main Bank System, J. Mark Ramseyer
8. The Effect of Firm Status on Banking Relationships and Loan Syndication, Toshihiro Horiuchi
9. The Development of Main Bank Managerial Capacity, Satoshi Sunamura
10. Changing Patterns of Corporate Financing and the Main Bank System in Japan, John Y. Campbell and Yasushi Hamao
Part II: The Comparative Context: Relevance for Developing and Transforming Economies
11. The Relevance of Japanese Finance and Its Main Bank System, Hugh Patrick
12. The German Banking System and Its Impact on Corporate Finance and Governance, Theodor Baums
13. The Principle Transactions Bank System in Korea, Sang-Woo Nam and Dong-Won Kim
14. The Lead Bank Systems in India, V. V. Bhatt
15. The Reprivatization of Banking in Mexico, Clark W. Reynolds
16. Financial System Reform in China: Lessons From Japan's Main Bank System, Yingyi Qian
17. Financial System Reform in Poland: Lessons From Japan's Main Bank System, Takeo Hoshi, Anil Kashyap and Gary Loveman

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