Reconcilable Differences? United States-Japan Economic Conflict

by C. Fred Bergsten and Marcus Noland
June 1993
Book Description

United States-Japan economic conflict has four major dimensions: the large global trade imbalances of the two countries, structural differences between them, a large number of sectoral disputes, and their joint responsibility for global prosperity and stability. Two leading experts on United States-Japan economic relations examine the macroeconomic and microeconomic causes of these frictions and assess possible policy responses, including several variants of "managed trade." They stress the differences between the American and Japanese models of capitalism and provide detailed examinations of current conflicts over key industries including automobiles, computers and supercomputers, construction contracting, financial services, and semiconductors.The authors conclude that Japan and the United States are on a collision course. They propose a comprehensive new strategy to resolve the conflict that calls for major changes in macroeconomic, structural, trade, and international economic policies in both countries.

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Book Data

June 1993
ISBN paper 0-88132-129-X
271 pp.

Commentaries on This Book

"... offers the definitive analysis of the two countries' economic relationship—and lots of ideas on how it needs to change."

The Economist

"I have already made use of some of [their] findings."

Mickey Kantor
US Trade Representative

"Highly recommended to policymakers and graduate students."


"... a balanced strategy for the two governments to manage the relationship."

Richard N. Cooper
Foreign Affairs

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