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An Ethical Analysis of Japan's Response to the Arab Boycott of Israel

Ruth N. Reingold and Paul Lansing
Business Ethics Quarterly
Vol. 4, No. 3 (Jul., 1994), pp. 335-353
DOI: 10.2307/3857451
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3857451
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

Japan's political, cultural, and geographic isolation, its symbiotic government-business arrangement, and its practice of practical, resources-oriented politics, trade, and diplomacy have led it to be the only major global economic power to strictly comply with the Arab boycott. A brief history and description of the boycott are presented here, along with an overview of the responses of major economic trading nations. Three issues are addressed: Japan's global conscience, the framework appropriate to analyze the ethics of global economic boycotts, and the Japanese government's excuse of leaving boycott decisions to business considering the historic relationship between the two. The logical conclusion of this analysis is that Japan as a nation must abandon its insularity and take a greater ethical responsibility in line with its economic power. From this comes the responsibility of the govenment to guide the business sector towards a corporate conscience, one that is grounded in global awareness.

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