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CAN JAPAN COMPETE?, by Michael Porter, Hirotaka Takeuchi and Mariko Sakakibara. Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2000, 208 pp., $27.50 (cloth).

The title has got to go. “Can Japan Compete?” What sort of question is that? Of course Japan can compete. No one disputes that the country has world-beating corporations, great products and has set standards for manufacturing efficiency.

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