Local economic revitalization or national industrial growth? A comparative overview of small business policy in Japan and the US
Contrasts in small business policy are examined for Japan and the US. The author argues that Japan's small business policy has been part of an industrial growth-oriented policy, while comparatively the US small business policy has been mainly part of locally-based economic revitalization schemes. Recent trends in policy development indicate that the policies in the two countries are converging. The US policymakers have become increasingly concerned with the small business sector becoming competitive in global markets, while widespread offshoring of large firms have prompted Japanese policymakers to focus on supporting small businesses in order to prevent further loss of manufacturing jobs.
Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies
Aoyama, Y., "Local economic revitalization or national industrial growth? A comparative overview of small business policy in Japan and the US" (1996). Geography. 856.