Paradigm Shifts in the TFT-LCD Industry and Japan’s Competitive Position in East Asia

  • Kazuhiro AsakawaEmail author


This chapter analyzes Japan’s changing competitive position in the TFT-LCD industry over the past several decades. Based on the analysis of multiple factors that affected Japan’s decline, I identified paradigm shifts in the TFT-LCD industry that have directly or indirectly led to a change in Japan’s competitive position. The chapter shows that declining competitiveness of a country and a firm cannot be fully understood without closely relating it to the shifts in the paradigm of the industry. In addition, this chapter shows how the paradigm shifts of the industry, the changing competitive positions of a country and a firm, as well as the changing locus of innovation for a company, i.e. domestic vs. international and in-house versus collaborative, are aligned with one another.


Paradigm shifts TFT-LCD industry Japan Competitive position Locus of innovation East Asia 



I would like to thank Stefanie Lenway and Thomas Murtha for their insights into the early stage of this research through our collaboration at Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Project. I thank RIETI for its generous support to conduct the early stage of this research. I also thank Keio Business School’s Mitsubishi Chairship Fund and the JSPS Grant-in-Aid (B) No. 15H03384 for the financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Business AdministrationKeio UniversityYokohamaJapan

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