The Case of Japan
Things — economic phenomena — change so rapidly in Japan these days that what are at the moment considered the most up-to-date developments are doomed to be outdated practically overnight. In 1985, I completed a report on Japan’s small multinationals for UNCTAD1 and thought I had captured the latest developments so that there would be no immediate need to update my analysis for a while, but my more recent trips to Japan have made me realise that more exciting changes are in the making in Japan’s small business sector, along with its large business sector — especially under the pressure of the ever-soaring yen, the pressure that has been letting market forces dictate the course of the Japanese economy in an unprecedented fashion.
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