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Development and innovation in the Japanese chemical industry

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This paper sets out to review the process of Japan's post-war economic development and the role of government's industrial policy from a historical perspective. It also reviews – against the background of the fundamental changes in Japan's economic paradigm in the aftermath of the end of the Cold War – the emergence of the Asia–Pacific region, the bursting of the bubble economy and the sharp appreciation of the yen–dollar exchange rate. In particular, the paper examines how the Japanese chemical industry is trying to meet enormous challenges through the restructuring of business operations, intensification of R&D and strategic alliances at home and abroad.

Keywords: &, quot, bubble economy&, quot, Japan – chemical industry, Japan – industrial policy, Japan – post-war economic policy, seniority wage and lifetime employment systems

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