2001 Volume 74 Issue 2 Pages 212-222
Reflecting the diversification of business activities of Japanese-affiliated companies in the US., the location of such companies is changing from a ready-made pattern of concentration into a large metropolitan area towards a rather dispersed one. An increasing number of Japanese-affiliated companies have established their business bases in the interior of the US. In this paper, locational factors of Japanese-affiliated companies in the High Plains region of the U. S, are examined in order to understand this trend. It appears that various factors, in addition to agglomeration economies, are working to stimulate the establishment of business bases in the High Plains.