Christopher, Robert C.
July 1978
Foreign Affairs;Jul1978, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p857
The article examines the relationship between the United States and Japan under the administration of Prime Minister Fukuda of Japan and U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Both the president of one of Japan's industrial concerns and a politician expressed their views of current Japan-U.S. tensions; Japan, they said, was at fault for having concentrated its exports to the U.S. in product lines such as steel, motor vehicles and electronic equipment. And while they concurred in the suggestion that the U.S. might be at fault for failing to curb its oil imports or to produce goods as acceptable to consumers as those it has been importing from Japan, they felt that this was irrelevant and that the question was what Japan could do to appease U.S. anger. Another issue that could come back to inflict damage on U.S.-Japanese relations had its origins in Carter's decision to try to forestall further nuclear proliferation by securing worldwide renunciation of the use of fast breeder reactors. The international monetary situation could also adversely affect Japan's drive for growth. Fukuda's device for stimulating the Japanese economy is increase in government expenditure, but how much effect such government expenditure has will depend in part on the behavior of Japan's consumers.


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