Is the Japanese Distribution System Becoming More Accessible to Foreign Firms?
Complexities in the Japanese distribution system are well-publicized. An emerging body of literature has documented recent changes in the Japanese distribution system. In this paper, it is examined whether foreign firms' accessibility to the Japanese distribution system has changed in a favorable direction in recent years. Furthermore, as foreign firms vary widely in terms of institutional barriers and complexity they face in the Japanese market, the authors also investigate the determinants of inter-firm heterogeneity in their assessment of the Japanese distribution system.
Japan, distribution system, institutional inertia, business networks
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