The Japanese Economy (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198702405

David Flath
432 ページ
190 x 245 mm



  • Comprehensive overview of all aspects of the Japanese economy
  • Broad-based introduction to the Japanese economy
  • Expanded coverage of recent developments in Japanese banking and macroeconomics

New to this Edition:

  • A new chapter on Public Economics and Taxes, a focus of current political debate in Japan
  • Updated Figures and Tables
  • Discussion of more recent events including the effects of the Lehman shock on Japan, the decline of Japan's national saving rate and its many effects
  • Citations to recent scholarship

Japan remains one of the dominant economic powers. Yet the Japanese economy is one of the most misunderstood phenomena in the modern world. Conventionally, Japan is presented as the exception to mainstream economic theory: an exception to the standard models of modern economics. This book demolishes that notion, bringing the full analytical power of economic thought to all aspects of the most dramatic economic success story in recent times. 

David Flath concentrates on four main themes: Japan's economic growth and development; Japan's integration with the world economy; Government policies and their effects; Economic institutions and practices. 

By applying common economic tools such as the Solow growth model, Modigliani's life-cycle model of saving, Becker's theory of investment, Samuelson's theory of revealed preference, Coase's exposition of the problem of social cost, and the modern theory of industrial organization, this book shows that the mainstream principles of economics apply in Japan as successfully as they do elsewhere. 

Revised and updated to take account of recent developments in Japanese banking and macroeconomics, this book is an indispensable resource for students and instructors alike. Lucid explanations and comprehensive and rigorous analysis make it natural choice for anyone interested in comprehending the rise of the Japanese economy.


1: Incomes and Welfare of the Japanese Today
2: Economic History, Part 1: The Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) and the Meiji Era (1868-1912)
3: Economic History, Part 2: The Twentieth Century (1912-1945)
4: Economic History, Part 3: Postwar Recovery (1945-1964)
5: Saving
6: Macroeconomy
7: International Finance
8: International Trade
9: Industrial Policy
10: Public Economy, Part 1: Government Spending
11: Public Economy, Part 2: Taxes
12: Environmental Policy
13: Industrial Organization
14: Finance
15: Marketing
16: Labor
17: Technology


David Flath, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Ritsumeikan University

David Flath is Professor of Economics at Ritsumeikan University and Professor Emeritus of North Carolina State University, where he was employed from 1976 to 2007. He has previously been Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research (2009-13),and Visiting Professor of Economics at Kyoto University (2001-2) and at Osaka University (1995-6). Flath is the author of numerous academic articles on the Japanese economy. His Japan-related research has been supported by an Abe Fellowship and by grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Social Science Research Council and the Japan-US Friendship Commission. His early forays into Japan were supported by the North Carolina Japan Center and by the Fulbright Program.

Review from previous edition
Flath skillfully uses the powerful engine of neoclassical economic theory to dissect and integrate the unique and colorful panorama of the Japanese economy...An exemplary book on an important country."--Choice

"In conclusion, one really cannot fault this book and it was a pleasure to read. While it is not a history of the Japanese economy per se, one can open the book at almost any page and learn something about Japan's history in the context of its economy. It is a well-written, lucid and attractive book, and should be recommended reading for all students of Japan's economy and business. Its broad historical sweep should make it appealing to business historians, too, particularly those with an interest in economics."--Michael J. Lynskey, Business History