Playing Tag with Japan

As Japan inundates America with video cassette recorders, facsimile copies, microwave ovens, minicomputers, semiconductors, fiber-optic cables, robots, numerically controlled machine tools, automobiles, farm machinery, stereo components, musical instruments, specialty steel, and countless other goods, the American business community is taking oddly contradictory views of the “Japanese challenge.” On the one …

Japan in the Chips

The “Chip Wars” are intensifying. Lined up on one side are the Nippon Electric Company (NEP), Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Electric, and their ally, the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). On the other side are IBM, Texas Instruments, Intel, National Semiconductor, Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices, Mostek, Signetics, …