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New Directions in East Asian History

Japanese Investment and British Trade Unionism

Thatcher and Nissan Revisited in the Wake of Brexit

Authors: Suzuki, Hitoshi

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  • Illustrates sufficiently the role EC/EU played in the Nissan negotiation
  • Widens the scope of European integration history by describing its relations with Japan
  • Incorporates also the Japanese side of the story i.e. Nissan’s management, trade unions and the Japanese government’s trade policy
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This book revisits the long contested negotiation between the Thatcher administration and Nissan for the latter's first green-field plant in Europe. From the very beginning, the plant took Britain’s EC/EU membership and tariff-free access to the single market as a token. A considerable amount of aid including component supplies was provided to attract Japanese investment and to prevent its transfer to the continent. The successful launch of Sunderland highlighted improved Anglo-Japanese relations and put an end to the Japan-EC/EU trade conflict. But the price was paid by Nissan’s slump and fall, and by trade unions in both countries failing to keep counterchecks on management. Brexit and the fall of Carlos Ghosn were a double blow to Anglo-Japanese relations which are in a state of drift and need redefinition.

About the authors

Hitoshi Suzuki is Deputy Director of the Economic Partnership Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. He has written articles on Japan-EU trade including, “The new politics of trade: EU-Japan” and a Japanese monograph, Thatcher and the Nissan Sunderland Plant. He was Associate Professor at the University of Niigata Prefecture and has been Visiting Fellow at the Monash European and EU Centre and the Department of International History, LSE.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 42,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Investment and British Trade Unionism
Book Subtitle
Thatcher and Nissan Revisited in the Wake of Brexit
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in East Asian History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-9058-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-9058-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-9057-3
Series ISSN
2522-0195
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 195
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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