Policy Studies Series: Japanese Technology Policy: What's the Secret?
COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS WASHINGTON DC
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Japans extraordinary technological achievements over the past two decades have prompted lively debates in the United States and abroad about how best to promote the development and application of technology. These debates ultimately all come down to one basic issue-the secret of Japans success. Has government policy made a major contribution to Japans technological achievements or are they primarily due to the vitality of Japanese industry This paper does not attempt to survey Japanese industrial policy. Instead, it is limited to an analysis of Japanese technology policy. It sorts through the fact and fiction surrounding Japans performance and highlights ten key features of its technology policy. In doing so, it sets the stage for the Councils major forthcoming report, Gaining New Ground Technology Priorities for Americas Future. The report on technology priorities will pick up where this paper leaves off. In it, the Council will identify the critical technologies driving American industrys performance over the coming decade and will make key recommendations for U.S. managers and public officials to improve their performance.
- Government and Political Science