Japan-United States Economic Relations Group/Background Papers

Japan-United States Economic Relations Group
April 1981

This volume is a compilation of background papers prepared for the Japan–United States Economic Relations Group, which made two reports to the president of the United States and the prime minister of Japan—one in January 1981 and another in October of the same year—on factors affecting the two countries’ long-term bilateral economic relationship. The papers are grouped into eight main themes: basic elements of the economic relationship, the impact of energy on the relationship, American productivity and the management of the United States economy, the openness of Japan’s market, industrial trade issues, agricultural trade issues, problems in US trade law and US-Japan economic relations, and economic disputes and political friction.


1. Cyclical and Macro-Structural Issues in US-Japanese Economic Relations
Eisuke Sakakibara, Assistant Professor, Saitama University
Gary Saxonhouse, Professor, University of Michigan
2. Energy and US-Japan Relations
Joseph S. Nye, Professor, Harvard University
3. Cooperation of Japan and the United States in Energy
Keichi Oshima, Professor, University of Tokyo
4. The Sources of Decline in US Productivity Growth
Scott Davidson, US Secretariat, Japan-United States Economic Relations Group
5. Memorandum on Productivity Problems
Hiroshi Ishii, Deputy General Manager, Economic and Legal Research Division, The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd.
6. The Liberalization of Japan’s Foreign Trade and Foreign Exchange Transactions
Japanese Investment in the United States: An Analysis of the Public Policy Issues
John Oliver Wilson, Vice President and Director, Economics Policy Research, Bank of America
7. Agricultural Problems in Japan’s External Economic Cooperation
Yujiro Hayami, Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University
8. Managing Our Agricultural Interdependence
Fred H. Sanderson, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
9. Postwar US-Japan Agricultural Relations
Yutaka Yoshioka, Director, Food and Agriculture Research and Development Association
10. Agriculture and Politics in Japan
Kenzo Hemmi, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo
11. Legal Protectionism in the United States and Its Impact on United States-Japan Economic Relations
Carl J. Green, Partner, Wender, Murase & White
12. Comments on “Legal Protectionism in the United States and Its Impact on United States-Japan Economic Relations”
Douglas E. Rosenthal, Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan
13. Political Conflict in US-Japan Economic Relations: Where It Comes From and What to Do About It
I. M. Destler, Director, Project on Executive-Congressional Relations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Hideo Sato, Professor, Yale University
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406 pages; paper