US–Japan Trade Frictions: The Past, the Present, and Implications for the US–China Trade War

Shujiro Urata*


研究成果: Review article査読

16 被引用数 (Scopus)


The United States and Japan have been involved in trade frictions over a number of products including textiles, steel, automobiles, semi-conductors, and agricultural products over the last 50 years. US–Japan trade frictions have taken basically two forms: (i) the United States attempting to restrict Japan's exports to the United States; and (ii) the United States attempting to increase its exports to Japan by “opening” the Japanese market. By putting pressure on Japan to adopt necessary measures, the United States sought to achieve two main objectives: (i) to reduce its trade deficit vis-à-vis Japan; and (ii) to protect and/or promote US industries. The United States failed to achieve the first objective, while some success was achieved for the second objective. The United States triggered a trade war against China with the objectives of: (i) reducing the bilateral trade deficit; and (ii) stopping unfair trade practices by Chinese firms such as violations of intellectual property rights and forced technology transfer. Based on the experiences from the US–Japan trade frictions, the United States may achieve some success for the second objective, but not for the first. The chances of achieving the second objective would increase if the United States cooperates with countries such as Japan and the European Union, which are faced with similar problems.

ジャーナルAsian Economic Policy Review
出版ステータスPublished - 2019 1月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 経済学、計量経済学および金融学(全般)
  • 政治学と国際関係論
  • 管理、モニタリング、政策と法律


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