A Preliminary Analysis of Japan's Dependence on Selected Imported Raw Materials.
Final rept. Apr-Sep 73,
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES DIV
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The paper presents a preliminary analysis of the extent and nature of Japans economic vulnerability to an interruption in the supply of imported raw materials. Ten commodities are studied crude petroleum, coal, iron ore, and seven nonferrous metal ores. The working hypothesis is that Japans resource endowment and its present industrial structure are such that imports of these raw materials are vital to Japanese industry, which would in time cease to function without them. Preliminary analysis is made of present supply and demand for the selected commodities and the time needed to exhaust existing stockpiles. Modified author abstract
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