Case 113 - The U.S.-Japanese Semiconductor Problem
O'Shea, Timothy J. C.
On July 30, 1986, trade representatives from the United States and Japan signed an agreement intended to resolve a long-running dispute over trade in semiconductors. The U.S.-Japanese Semiconductor Agreement was the fruit of more than a year of complex negotiations aimed at ending a conflict that had started with competition in international markets. This case study describes the negotiations that led to the agreement and its effect on the overall bilateral relationship. It can be usefully paired with “SIA, Japanese Electronics Giants, and Global Competition in Semiconductors” (Case Study 216).