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Development State Evolving: Japan’s Graduation from a Middle Income Country

Tetsuji Okazaki
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Tetsuji Okazaki: Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo

No CIRJE-F-1063, CIRJE F-Series from CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo

Abstract: This paper reexamines the industrial policy in postwar Japan from perspectives of the literature on a “development state†and a “middle income trap†. Japan transited from a middle income country to a high income country in the period from the 1950s to the 1970s. This process was characterized by a large structural change, such as resource reallocation from the primary industry to the secondary and the tertiary industries as well as resource reallocation within the secondary industry. Transition to a high income country is a challenging task for a middle income country. With respect to Japan, the industrial policy played a positive role in the transition. This was achieved by interactions between MITI and other related actors, who constrained and corrected MITI’s attempts of excess intervention.

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