The Chrysanthemum and the Eagle
The Future of U.S.-Japan Relations
Publication Year: 1995
Whether in the form of the ongoing automotive wars, books and films such as Michael Crichton's Rising Sun, or George Bush's ill-fated trip to Japan in 1991, frictions between the United States and Japan have been steadily on the rise. Americans are bombarded with images of Japan's fundamental difference; at the same time, voices in Japan call for a Japan That Can Say No. If the guiding principle of the Clinton administration is indeed new values for a new generation, how will this be reflected in U.S.-Japanese relations?
Convinced that no true solution to U.S.-Japanese frictions can be achieved without tracing these frictions back to their origin, Ryuzo Sato here draws on a binational experience that spans three decades in both the Japanese and American business and academic communities to do just that. In an attempt to bridge the communication gap between the two countries and dispel some of the mutual ignorance and misunderstanding that prevails between the two, Sato addresses the following questions:
--Is Japan really different?
--Has America's sun set?
--How have conflicting views on the role of government affected U.S.-Japan relations?
--What are the real differences in American and Japanese industrial policies?
--What is the anatomy of U.S.-Japanese antagonisms?
--What effect has the collapse of the bubble economy had on relations?
--What is Japan's future course? Is it truly a technological superpower? Can it avoid international isolation?
An incisive personal look at one of the most important political and economic global relationships, written by a major player in the world of international business and finance, THE CHRYSANTHEMUM AND THE EAGLE provides a readable and engaging tour of U.S.-Japan relations, past and present.
Published by: NYU Press
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Several years ago when reporters asked Crown Prince
Naruhito to describe the qualities he was looking for in
a future wife, he replied, "I want to marry someone
who has the same sense of values that I have."
Although the concept of values is taken very seriously in both the United States and Europe, it has attracted little public attention in Japan until recently....
ONE THE RISE OF REVISIONISM
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A New Containment Policy? Early in 1991, I had a discussion with James Fallows, the Washington editor of the Atlantic Monthly, who is calling for drastic changes in U.S. policy toward Japan. During the course of our conversation he made a remark that helps explain the...
TWO CONFLICTING VIEWS OF THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
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Japanese Hypercorporatism. One crucial difference between the United States and Japan is that Japan is a country that holds government in high esteem, whereas the American public has a fundamental distrust of government. This difference is significant because,...
THREE THE ANATOMY OF U.S.-JAPANESE ANTAGONISMS
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America Is a Country of Rules. As I travel back and forth between Japan and the United States, I always feel that the first country is too homogeneous and the second is too pluralistic. In Japan, for example, it is easy to chat with the cab driver on the way to Narita Airport. From...
FOUR IN SOME WAYS JAPAN REALLY IS ODD
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Are Money Games Really Bad? "America has become so engrossed in money games and M&As [mergers and acquisitions] that it no longer makes things. That is why its industrial base has eroded, and the country has gone on a consumer spending spree, buying things...
FIVE IS A PAX JAPONICA POSSIBLE?
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Conditions for Leadership. Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers was highly acclaimed in Japan because it contains two messages that are welcome to Japanese ears. The first is that the age of the great power (America) is coming to an end. The other is that...
SIX JAPAN'S FUTURE COURSE
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Product Innovation versus Process Innovation. Has Japan really become such a technological superpower that it can, as Shintaro Ishihara claims, twist America and Russia around its little finger by controlling the flow of its high-tech exports? Or is Japan's technological...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 1995