Legal Structure, Business Organisations and Lobbying: The Japanese Publishing Sector, 1990-2001


How did incumbents in Japanese publishing maintain resale price maintenance (RPM)? This article sheds light on the inter- and intra-industrial structure that enabled the protection of RPM, or the fixed price system, amid the country-wide liberalisation in the 1990s. By analysing textual data including governmental reports, trade papers in publishing and leaflets adopted for lobbying, the critical decade was reconstructed. It addresses a scarcity of business history literature about the link between RPM and business organisations, particularly concerning lobbying.


lobbying, publishing, Resale Price Maintenance, theorisation, industrial structure


Takahiro ENDO
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration
Kobe University
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