The emergence of economic trading blocs : the role of Japan and the implications for Latin America
Yeargin, Linda T.
Looney, Robert E.
Bruneau, Thomas C.
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With the emergence of regional economic blocs, the focus has shifted to recent economic development in the Latin American region. This thesis addresses the question of Japan's economic influence in the region and the implications for Latin America's economic future. It is argued that Japan's strategy in the region is based upon economic needs and the importance of securing a position in the regional economic development and potential Americas trading bloc. It is proven by using an analysis of economic relationships and trade patterns used by Japan in Asia compared to current Japanese Economic activities in Latin America. Major findings include Japan's strategy is situational on targeted countries for either raw materials access and/or Western Hemisphere market access
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