Japan's Growing Technological Capability: Implications for the U.S. Economy

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The perspectives of technologists, economists, and policymakers are brought together in this volume. It includes chapters dealing with approaches to assessment of technology leadership in the United States and Japan, an evaluation of future impacts of eroding U.S. technological preeminence, an analysis of the changing nature of technology-based global competition, and a discussion of policy options for the United States.
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Revised versions of 14 papers delivered at an October 1991 symposium in Washington, D. C., called by the Committee on Japan of the National Research Council, assess the relative technological strengths and weaknesses of Japan and the United States, explore the economic impact of Japan's technological growth, peer into the future of competition, and review policy implications for the US. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309047807
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview 1
I Assessments of U.S. and Japanese Technological Strengths and Weaknesses
Technology Assessment in the U.S.-Japan Context 21
What Can We Learn from Technology Assessment? 42
Accessing Japanese Technology: Experiences of a U.S.-Based Company 57
Studies of Japanese Technology: An Effort with Diminishing Returns? 66
II Economic Impacts and Implications
Technology, Productivity, and the Competitiveness of U.S. and Japanese Industries 83
Macroeconomic and Schumpetarian Features of Japanese Innovations in the 1980s 98
The Changing Place of Japan in the Global Scientific and Technological Enterprise 106
Implications of Japan's "Soft Crisis": Forcing New Directions for Japanese Electronics Companies 136
III The Future of Competition
Japan's Unique Capacity to Innovate: Technology Fusion and Its International Implications 147
Japan's Industrial Competitiveness and the Technological Capability of the Leading Japanese Firms 165
Japanese Control of R&D Activities in the United States: Is This a Cause for Concern? 189
IV Policy Implications
Policy Implications of Japan's Growing Technological Capabilities: Framing the Issues 209
Policy Implications for the United States: Comments 216
Comments on Policy Implications 221
App. A. Contributing Authors 229
App. B. Conference on Japan's Growing Technological Capability: Implications for the U.S. Economy, October 23 and 24, 1991 234
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