Case Studies in Japanese Negotiating Behavior
Japanese representatives bring to the negotiating table a distinctive mind-set and behavioral style, one that s largely free of gamesmanship and histrionics but that s nonetheless frequently exasperating.This volume explores four recent U.S. Japanese negotiations two over trade, two over security-related issues looking for patterns in Japan s approach and behavior. In the first three cases, veteran Japanologist Michael Blaker finds the same fundamental style coping. Coping captures the go-with-the-flow essence of the Japanese bargaining approach: cautious, methodical, low key, resistant, apprehensive, and above all defensive. In the fourth case, Ezra Vogel and Paul Giarra recount how the United States and Japan fashioned a new security framework for their relationship in the 1990s. Vogel and Giarra show that close personal relationships, mutual trust, and a common purpose can foster flexible, fast, and fruitful negotiations.Each case study explains the cultural as well as political, institutional, and personal factors and assesses their influence. A concluding chapter draws out common threads from the four studies, suggests how U.S. negotiators can maximize negotiating efficacy, and points the way toward a new and clearer understanding of Japanese bargaining behavior."