FDI in the Restructuring of the Japanese Economy

Magnus Blomstrom, Denise Konan, Robert E. Lipsey

NBER Working Paper No. 7693
Issued in May 2000
NBER Program(s):   ITI

This paper examines how inward and outward foreign direct investment (FDI) have influenced the restructuring of the Japanese economy and can be expected to continue to do so in the future. We find that outward investment has helped Japanese firms to sustain foreign market shares and contributed to the restructuring of the Japanese economy away from older industries. By shifting from exporting to affiliate production, there has been a geographical reallocation of the activities of Japanese firms, particularly those of multinational manufacturing firms. However, Japanese outward FDI is still not very large relative to the Japanese economy, despite the rapid growth since the mid-1980s, and there is still scope for significant increase when compared with the levels of most other OECD countries. Inward FDI will presumably have an even stronger impact on the restructuring of the Japanese economy. Although the stock of inward foreign direct investment is still very small, there are important changes under way. Deregulation has opened up much of the industrial and service sectors to foreign multinationals.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w7693

Published: Blomstrom, Magnus, Byron Gangnes, and Sumner La Croix. Japan's new economy: Continuity and change in the twenty-first century. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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