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date: 29 March 2020

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This chapter reports the current status of offshoring by Japanese firms based on firm-level data and summarizes how offshoring firms differ from nonoffshoring firms in Japan to derive implications of offshoring for national economies. Section 2 begins with an overview of aggregate statistics related to Japanese offshoring. Section 3 explains the survey design and reports the current state of offshoring by Japanese manufacturing firms. Section 4 reviews how offshoring firms differ from nonoffshoring firms in terms of productivity, employment, and innovation, based on previous empirical studies of Japanese firm-level data. Section 5 adds concluding comments.

Keywords: firm-level data, offshoring firms, Japanese manufacturing, productivity, employment, innovation, outsourcing

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