Answered By: Daniel Dylla Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 Views: 21
Finding information on "cultural, political, religious, economic, market structures, as well as tariff barriers" is asking a lot! But you would do well to look at the CIA World Factbook entry on Japan, which is a great place for this kind of general information on different countries.
You might also find the Office of the United States Trade Representatives website helpful. For instance, you might look at their Trade Summary with Japan (TSJ) for the last few years -- TSJ2013, TSJ2012, and TSJ2011 -- to find more information about trade patterns, trends, and barriers between the US and Japan.
I think the above information will keep you busy for a while. It should be well worth your time.
As far as particular databases to look in for more information, I recommend LexisNexis for news-related information and Business Source Complete for business or economic related information. You will find these through the "Databases" link on the library homepage and then browsing alphabetically, or by choosing "Business" from the "Subject" drop-down menu.
But these deserve explanation all on their own, so if you have questions about them, please let me know.