Asian-Pacific Rim Logistics

Asian-Pacific Rim Logistics

Global Context and Local Policies

Peter J. Rimmer

Encompassing China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, extending to Australasia and connecting with South Asia, the Asian-Pacific Rim forms the world’s most dynamic economic region. Comprehending the region’s logistical structure and its institutions are of pivotal importance for businesses, researchers and policy-makers.

Chapter 7: Japan and Southeast Asia

Peter J. Rimmer

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, business and management, operations management, economics and finance, asian economics, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


Japanese multinational industrial corporations have exercised a strong influence on international developments in logistics. Toyota Corporation’s management philosophy aimed at eliminating manufacturing waste by producing only the right amount and combination of parts at the right place at the right time has had a marked impact upon logistics practice (SFE, 2003–04). Since the 1980s this ‘lean thinking’ has been embodied in Toyota’s production system and linked to ‘systems thinking’ which led to the ‘just-in-time’ (JIT) principle and automation being incorporated into common practice around the world. It was not until the promotion of a broader version of supply chain management in the United States and Europe featuring agile and flexible supply chain configurations that Japanese practices lost some of their international appeal. However this loss of influence did not extend to Southeast Asia. After Japanese companies had ingested the broader concepts of supply chain management and developed third-party logistics (3PL) companies, the pitch for influence over economic development in Southeast Asia and the wider Asian-Pacific Rim was reinvigorated. The Japanese International Freight Forwarders Association (JIFFA), founded in 1979, and the Japan Institute of Logistics Systems (JILS), established by the Government of Japan in 1992, have both supported this pitch. Expertise in supply chain management, albeit with Japanese characteristics, has become a major instrument behind the Japanese push for greater Asian regionalism as a counter to Western, especially ‘Anglo-Saxon’, ideas and influences.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information