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Global Competition and Technology Standards: Japan's Quest for Techno-Regionalism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 March 2016


This article examines Japan's evolving commitments to technology development and technology diffusion in Asia. It explores Japan's technology strategies in three areas—Internet protocol, open source software, and horology—focusing on the importance of technology standards. The development and diffusion of technology standards has become one of the core elements in establishing industrial competitiveness. The importance of technology standards encouraged the Japanese government and firms to pursue a regional policy to develop and diffuse new technological ideas and standards in Asia. Japan's commitments were accepted by its neighbors because they could obtain various benefits from collaboration with Japan, such as technological exchanges, technology transfer, and financial aid.

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This study is supported by research funds from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. I would like to thank Stephan Haggard and anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions.Google Scholar

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