Regulation, Distribution Efficiency, and Retail Density

David Flath

in Structural Impediments to Growth in Japan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226060217
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226060231 | DOI:
Regulation, Distribution Efficiency, and Retail Density

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This chapter has three objectives. First, it compiles facts on the state of Japan's distribution system and puts them in historical and international context. This includes an explanation of retail store density and its relation to wholesale channels. Second, the chapter describes the logical framework behind the still widely held view that regulation, in particular the Large Store Law (repealed in 2000), is the key determinant of the structure of Japan's distribution system, and then derives some testable predictions about what this implies. Third, it provides new evidence on whether the testable predictions are true. This includes looking at differences among prefectures and over time in retail density and format.

Keywords: Japanese distribution sector; distribution system; retail store density; Large Store Law

Chapter.  9583 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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