Japan’ s FTAs as Tools for Achieving Companies’ Commercial Interests: Do Japanese Corporations Need a Region-Wide Trade Liberalization Treaty?

This study focuses on the use of FTAs by Japanese corporations – FTAs’ main clients – to date. It asks the following questions: What strategic commercial objectives do different types of existing FTAs (bilateral, semi-regional) fulfil for Japanese corporations, mainly in the electronics and machinery sectors, and how successful are they in performing this role? What additional value-added benefits could the planned region-wide FTA bring? In other words, do Japanese corporations need a region-wide FTA, or do the bilateral agreements and the semi-regional agreement provide a sufficient response to the firms’ foreign commercial goals?

Published by and available from the Global Institute of Asian Regional Integration. Please click HERE to view the full text (page 1-15).