By Dr. Kats Sasuga

This ebook offers an research of the techniques of micro-regionalization in East Asia in the broader context of globalization and regionalization. the writer examines the specifics of company construction and funding networks that hyperlink components of Japan, Taiwan and China with an in depth case-study concentrating on the electronics undefined. creating a major contribution to the learn on regionalism and multi-level governance in East Asia, this e-book will entice these drawn to foreign political financial system and Asian reports.

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In terms of regional restructuring, one view is that regions increasingly face choices about whether to move in a Fordist or post-Fordist direction; and indeed this is linked in turn to the choices made by national governments and international agencies. The spread of neo-liberal forms of globalization since the 1970s (and the concomitant decline of Keynesianism and welfare state provision) and the development of super-regional groupings of nation-states suggest that, whether or not we call the changes ‘post-Fordist’, we are indeed living through a major period of transition.

At the same time, however, in Japan, new methods of flexible, customized, lean production (exhibited most clearly in the Toyota company) were emerging to challenge the supremacy of Fordist methods. e. one based on typically Japanese social, economic and political structures, including a uniquely Japanese tradition of industrial relations, which are quite different from those in the western world (Hoogvelt 1997: 101–2). As western companies have sought to emulate the Japanese approach and copy its flexible production techniques, it has become clear that it is not easy simply to transplant something distinctly Japanese (or Asian) to a completely different cultural context.

In terms of industrial agglomeration) in Guangdong, especially in the Pearl River Delta and Dongguan. Chapter 5 analyses key aspects of the international context of microregionalism: the production networks of Japanese electronics firms (keiretsu), Japanese FDI in East Asia and the evolution of the Japanese production system. The chapter agues that the actual integration processes in East Asian regionalization are developing below the state level according to the strategies of Japanese MNCs’ international, regional and hiererachical division of labour, which is in turn bound to cross-border production networks and international commodity chains.

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