The Japanese Distribution System

  • Ralf Bebenroth


This chapter focuses on the Japanese distribution system and its recent developments in the retail market. Westerners used to criticize the Japanese distribution system as a closed shop while Japanese in contrast argue that it is of close cooperation, a crucial element for constant harmony which benefits all of society. It will be shown (1) that in recent years the distribution system and the retail market changed remarkably and (2) it will be shown that there are foreign firms enjoying market success in Japan.


Foreign Firm Department Store Retail Market Convenience Store Japanese Firm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kobe University Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB)KobeJapan

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