This research investigates the role non-macroeconomic factors have played in subduing inflationary pressures in Japan. We investigate the hypothesis that the under-recognized presence of goods with high foreign produced content (FPC) in the consumer market basket has coincided with reduced price-level increases over the time period 1991-2004. An empirical examination and descriptive comparison of CPI market basket items and import data categories suggest the negative relationship between FPC and the CPI inflation rate over this time period is significant. Our conclusions suggest the extent to which measures of inflation are considered to be an accurate gauge of macroeconomic conditions or monetary policy effectiveness is overstated.
Takahashi, Peggy; Blakley, Daniel; Oberstone, Joel; Akiyama, Yasuhiro, MBA. Foreign Produced Content and Japanese Price Disinflation: An Empirical Study. Journal of International Management Studies. 5.2 (Aug 2010): 31-36.