Japan: Economically Hot, Politically Cold

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This chapter tested a hypothesis postulating that increases in People’s Republic of China exports of the given products to African countries, in this case South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda, in any given year(s) between 2007 and 2017 would always correlate with decreases in Japanese exports of the specified six products to the three countries studied. Each country’s product set was chosen on the basis of the two products being primarily imported from Japan in the initial year of study, and subsequently seeing Chinese growth between then and 2017. The findings of the chapter point to uneven results among the countries, with more incidences of an inverse correlation toward China’s gain in South Africa (5/22) and Kenya (6/22), and the reverse in the case of Uganda (7/22). However, there were more incidences of correlated movement (mutual growth and mutual declines) across all countries than inverse movements, bringing the totals to a threshold-passing 35/66 (p > 33) for the former and 24 for the latter. The study indicates a general lack of zero-sum game overall as the two Asian states’ exports into the three countries on the continent have no direct impact on one another.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Political Economy Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Political Economy Series
ISSN (Print)2662-2483
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2491

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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