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Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Gerald L. Curtis :: MITI, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, has become quite famous in the United States because of its role in respect to Japan’s industrial policy.

In U.S.-Japan relations, one of the issues that the American government has raised for many years has been the role that the Japanese government, through MITI, has played in targeting industries for growth, in helping infant industries get on their feet, in helping Japan get competitive advantage vis-à-vis other countries.

And so in U.S.-Japan relations, the activist role that MITI has played in industrial policy has been a source of conflict between the U.S. and Japan because the American government has argued that the Japanese government does things to help their industries that in effect give them unfair advantages vis-à-vis industries in other countries.