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Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Comparative and Foreign Law

1985

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Western Ideology, Japanese Product Safety Regulation And International Trade, David S. Cohen Jan 1985

Western Ideology, Japanese Product Safety Regulation And International Trade, David S. Cohen

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

For the purposes of this paper, the barriers to an open Japanese market will be divided into two categories: Direct Official Barriers, and Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs). The first category consists of positive restraints on imports such as tariffs and quotas. In response to Western criticism the Japanese government has, since the early 1960s, undertaken measures to dismantle gradually the aggressive protectionist wall which may have been necessary to revive the Japanese economy after the Second World War. In fact, in terms of quotas and tariffs, many observers presently consider Japan to be less protectionist than many North American and European …