This Trade Gap Ain't What It Used To Be

U.S. exports to Japan are up--but pressure alone didn't do it

At electronics megastore Maruzen Musen in Tokyo's bustling Akihabara district, salesman Wataru Irifune is catching his breath. Customers have been grabbing Macintosh personal computers off the shelves left and right, thanks to a recent cash-back incentive scheme. "As soon as the stuff came in, boom, it was gone," says Irifune of the American-made Macs.

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