Japan’s Foreign Direct Investment: Facts and Theoretical Considerations

  • Ryutaro Komiya
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The main purpose of this paper is to examine the phenomenon generally called foreign direct investment in a concrete case of present-day Japan, and to reconsider the theory of direct investment in the light of the findings. The paper begins by examining the concept of foreign direct investment and statistics compiled by national governments, in particular the Japanese government. It is shown that the distinction between direct and indirect investment cannot be clear-cut, and that there exist wide grey areas of different shades in between (section 1). Then the paper sketches out the history of Japan’s foreign direct investment in post-war years (section 2), and surveys different types of investment included in the direct investment statistics (section 3).


Foreign Direct Investment Host Country Direct Investment Japanese Firm Outward Foreign Direct Investment 
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  • Ryutaro Komiya
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  1. 1.University Of TokyoJapan

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