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La sociedad de la información
Vol. 5, No. 21 (Summer, 1991), pp. 147-156
Published by: Estudios de Política Exterior S. A.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20643124
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Japan exploited its time-honoured insularity in order to reach the position of supreme economic power that it undoubtedly holds today. After all, in Japan's developing industry, protectionism found its keenest exponent. But now, for the first time in its history, Japan contemplates a world in which its islands are not culturally marginalised, for economic imperatives have brought political and social openings in their trail. It is probable, in Emilio Fontela's opinion, that the European Act of Union precipitated Japanese efforts to internationalise its economic endeavours, for Japanese businessmen were hounded by an ill-conceived spectacle of "Fortress Europe" protected from Japanese competition. Japan now has two chief objectives: to promote the growth of internal consumption and to give momentum to the internationalization of the economy, taking into account the planet's ecological predicament. Militarily, Japan is unfurling a world strategy, moving progressively from bilateralism with the US to trilateralism, thus accepting a common destiny with Europe, but with its ultimate sights on multilateralism as a means of assessing global problems.
Política Exterior © 1991 Estudios de Política Exterior S. A.