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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-30
Asian Capitals' Competition and Cooperation in China


The Asian economy has experienced tremendous changes since the late 1980s. The most important are the serious stagnation of Japanese economy, the leapfrogging development of many non-Japanese Asian firms, particularly in Taiwan and South Korea, and the rapid emergence of China. The first and second changes are indicative of a narrowing gap between Japanese and Taiwanese/Korean firms, which has led to a transformation from vertical to more horizontal relations between them. Some of the relations are competitive while others are cooperative. The third change, the emergence of China, has further accelerated and complicated this transformation process. Today, numerous foreign firms are trying to get access to its large market and/or for its abundant resources such as cheap labor. This newly accessible market and resources represent big chances for latecomers such as Taiwanese and Korean firms. In particular, Taiwanese firms have a particular advantage due to language.

The first objective of our research is to illustrate the competition and cooperation between Japanese and Taiwanese/Korean firms in various Chinese markets such as automobiles, IT hardware, convenience stores, etc. Secondly we wish to illuminate the reasons for their choice of cooperation and competition with other firms focusing on resource accumulation and capability building.


April 2006 - March 2007


Members of the Research Project

SATO Yukihito
Lin HUANG (Professor, Kobe University)
Lu-Lin CHENG (Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica)
ITO Shingo (Senior Economist, Mizuho Research Institute)