In This Review

U.S.-Japan Relations in the 1980's: Towards Burden Sharing: Annual Report 1981-82 of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
U.S.-Japan Relations in the 1980's: Towards Burden Sharing: Annual Report 1981-82 of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
By
Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1982, 181 pp.
Japanese Industrial Development Policies in the 1980s
Japanese Industrial Development Policies in the 1980s
By Jimmy W. Wheeler, Merit E. Janow and Thomas Pepper
Hudson Institute (for the U.S. Department of State), 1982, 216 pp.
Japanese and U.S. Policy in Asia
Japanese and U.S. Policy in Asia
Edited by Gaston J. Sigur and Young C. Kim
Praeger, 1982, 199 pp.

According to Ambassador Mike Mansfield, 1983 will be the worst year in U.S.-Japanese relations since the end of World War II. These three books offer some perspective on the defense and trade issues that threaten the relationship. The Harvard volume is the second annual report on U.S.-Japan relations which the Center for International Affairs plans to issue every year. The analyses of the complex issues afflicting the bilateral relationship are generally good, and a few of the Japanese and American contributors offer sound suggestions on how to bridge the gaps. The Hudson Institute report offers a number of measures "designed mainly to improve U.S. competitiveness, combined with steady, low-key pressures on remaining Japanese trade barriers," and it warns against protectionist actions that would "shoot ourselves in the foot." The Sigur-Kim volume has a number of strong essays, including Sigur's overview of U.S.-Japanese relations and Kim's study of the Japanese elite's perception of defense issues.