During the trade war between the United States and Japan, Japan attempted to make strategic concessions for further benefits, which was determined by the special relationship between the two countries. In the face of Japan`s heavy dependence on the United States for military security, even in the face of strong U.S. economic sanctions, Japan has never been in conflict or retaliated against and has made major concessions by accepting “voluntary restrictions” on all controversial products and export issues. At that time, Japan`s trade surplus with the United States was not decreasing significantly. Under these conditions, the United States again exacerbated the trade war and forced Japan to import more American goods. Japan has responded with new concessions, with the Japanese reaction being the most representative in the high-tech industry. It was not US President Donald Trump or his former adviser Steve Bannon, but Walter Mondale who ran for the presidency of the Democratic Party in 1984. The 1980s were a period of escalating trade conflicts between the United States and the emerging Asian power of the time, Japan. Indeed, the current impasse between the United States and China seems to be a model of decency compared to the bitter and racist rhetoric of 30 years ago. President Donald Trump announced a temporary ceasefire after a grilled Sirloin dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 1 in Buenos Aires, and talks resumed with a quick Chinese offer to tighten tariffs on cars.
But a U.S. deadline is emerging: without a new comprehensive agreement in 90 days, Washington will impose 25% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. A few days before the dinner, Trump told the Wall Street Journal: “You have to open China to the United States. Otherwise, I do not agree. The current wisdom is that there are no winners in trade wars. This message is inherent in almost every report on the Trump administration`s customs campaign against China, the European Union and Japan. But is that really true? History tells us that sometimes there are winners in trade wars – all it takes is for a page to flash first.