Jackson School Journal
of International Studies

Volume 3 Number 1 – Spring 2012


Laura Araki

Joining the FTA Frenzy

How Japanese Industry Drives Preferential Trade Diplomacy


This paper analyzes the recent major trade policy changes in Japan through the key influences of big business interest groups. The author argues that Japan’s shift towards greater utilization of economic partnership agreements is a direct reflection of the desires of key corporations looking to improve their international competitiveness against rising foreign exclusionary arrangements. Through the examination of several case studies, the paper illustrates how large multinational corporations were able to influence the policy-making decisions of the Japanese government. The paper concludes with predictions regarding Japan’s potential entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement currently in development.
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