Japan and China: Competition and Opportunity

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by Roger Flanagan, Univ of Reading, Reading, England,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Impact of International Competitiveness on Construction Technology

Abstract: This paper describes changes in the international construction marketplace over the past decade. Japan has emerged as the second largest international contracting force in the world, and the growth of and background to the Japanese construction industry are considered. The structure and operation of the construction industry and the culture of the country have a significant influence on the way that Japanese contractors will operate. Japan presents Western contractors and designers with strong competition in the overseas marketplace. The possible response of the West is discussed. Western contractors must see the possibilities of long term investment and co-operation with the indigenous industry if they are to benefit from China's ambitious plans for development.

Subject Headings: Contractors and subcontractors | Construction industry | Competition | Cultural diversity | Industrial facilities | Asia | Japan | China

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