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Economic Relations between Japan and China: Current State and Perspectives

June 15, 2000

 During a half-day workshop the DIJ Economic Section presented the initial results of this year’s primary research topic: “Japanese-Chinese economic relations”. The discussion addressed Japan’s economic relations with mainland China. This is a very timely issue considering the expected acceptance of China as a member of the WTO. The issue also fits well into the general DIJ project of “Japan in Asia” and the ongoing research focus of the DIJ Economic Section on the internationalization of Japan’s economy.


Hanns Günther Hilpert started the workshop with a macro-economic analysis of Japanese-Chinese economic relations. He demonstrated the already high level of integration and intensity of this relationship by referring to trade and investment ties. Jörg Raupach-Sumiya followed with a discussion of potential economic rivalry and increased competition between companies of both nations. He developed industry-specific scenarios for a growing Chinese competitive threat in selected industries. Tejima Shigeki, Professor of Economics at the Nishogakusha University, Tokyo, analyzed structural and regional features as well as future perspectives of Japanese foreign direct investment in mainland China in the manufacturing industries. Jochen Legewie talked about the organization and managerial coordination of Japanese subsidiaries in mainland China with a focus on human resource management. René Haak presented the results of his empirical study of Japanese-German business cooperation in third countries by using China as his case. He pointed out problem areas and future trends.
The 35 participants from the academic and the business community engaged in a lively and somewhat charged discussion that revealed the high level of interest and explosive nature of this subject. An issue that aroused particularly heated debate was the question of whether Japan and China are heading toward increasing confrontation and rivalry, or whether the forces of growing economic integration and mutual interdependence will deepen cooperation and a wealthenhancing division of labor.

Presentations


The Sino-Japanese Economic Relationship between Conflict and Cooperation

Hanns Günther Hilpert


German Institute for Japanese Studies

日本と中国間の貿易投資、政府開発援助(ODA)、技術と産業協力などを解説し、日本と中国の間に派生する依存関係について述べる。また世界貿易、東南アジアの経済融合についても触れる予定である。


Chinese Firms as emerging Competitors for Japanese Firms

Jörg Raupach-Sumiya


German Institute for Japanese Studies

中国のWTO加盟により開放される中国市場は、魅力が増大する反面、競争の激化が予想される。その予想を述べるとともに、特に中国企業の競争力の原点とそれに対抗するための日本産業戦略のシナリオを紹介する。


Japan's Manufacturing FDI in China: Characteristics and Future Prospects by Industry and Region

Shigeki TEJIMA (Nishogakusha University)

広大な国である中国は、投資家にとって多岐に渡り豊富な選択肢を与えてくれる市場である。その広範囲な市場を背景に、日本の製造企業の中国における地域戦略の歴史と将来的展望を産業ごとに分析し、特にそれぞれの地域のメリットとデメリットについて述べる。


Managing the global-local dilemma: Control and coordination of Japanese operations in China

Jochen Legewie


German Institute for Japanese Studies

ほとんどの日本企業の海外戦略は、今日まで北アメリカ、ヨーロッパ、アジアと中国の地域ごとに分かれて行われていた。アジア戦略の中で、中国は製造と販売分野で特別扱いされていた。今後日本企業、特に製造企業は中国戦略を環アジア戦略との融合についての可能性を検討する。


Japanese-German interfirm networks in China

René Haak


German Institute for Japanese Studies

最近、組織論の中で企業間の協力、ネットワークなどが幅広く議論されている。しかし、中国における日独企業ネットワークについての研究はまだ浅い。ここで中国における日独企業ネットワークの現状を把握し、その企業が抱えている経営課題を機械産業、電子産業、化学産業及びサービス産業を中心に分析する。

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Japan in Asia