Japan United States
Constitutional monarchy with
a parliamentary government.
Japanese constitution includes
a bill of rights similar to the
U.S Bill of Rights
Constitution based federal
Strong Democratic tradition
Limited regulation from the
Japan United States
$5.960 trillion (2012)
Industrialized, free market
Third largest in the world
64.97 million workers
Fourth largest export market for
United States goods and services
Motor vehicles: 13.6 %
Auto parts: 4.6%
Export to the USA: 17.7%
15.68 trillion (2012)
Market oriented economy
Consumer goods (includes
159.1 million workers
127.6 million (2012)
8.23 births / 1,000
83 years old (2011)
313.9 million (2012)
13.66 births / 1,000
79 years old (2011)
Japan United States
The worlds largest market for
Among world’s largest and
producers of motor vehicles.
Rapid urbanization also weakens
the demand for automobiles because
Japan’s cities are connected with top
quality public transportation.
People are finding that owning a
car is not a necessity.
The US has the largest and most
technologically powerful economy in
Being risk-takers, no other country can
imitate it’s technological creativity.
David Kirkpatrick, Fortune senior
editor said,” this is the country where
some of the most important
breakthrough products are still being
Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions
Japan is more conscious of hierarchical position
while the United States everyone has equal rights.
Japan is more collectivist where as the U.S are
Japan is the most masculine in the world, they
drive for excellence and perfection. The U.S. live
to work to earn their money and higher status.
Japan is most UA on earth because of the constant
threats of natural disasters and changes are so
different to realize in Japan. In the US they accept
new ideas, new products and are risk takers.
Long Term Orientation
People in Japan see their life as a very short
moment, you do your best in your life time and
that is all you can do. Their business is to serve
the stakeholders and society at large for many
generations to come. The US is more short term
orientated where the business performance is
based on a short term basis and profits are on a
Japan was recuperating from the recall of Toyota products and Toyota was on
its way of recovering from the recall fiasco that affected 14 million vehicles
On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan and caused many
damages to the Toyota manufacturing facilities.
The earthquake shut down 11 nuclear power reactors and nearly 10% of
Japan’s electrical power generation.
Production was stopped in Japan and American car manufactures were to
concerned because they rely on the Japanese companies for auto parts.
The American manufacturing factories cut production because of the parts
shortages but didn’t fire any employees.
Since Japan is high in masculinity dimension, Toyota’s president and
member of the founding family he repeatedly said the company remains
committed to keeping production and jobs inside Japan.
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