The Rise of the Japanese Specialist Manufacturer: Leading Medium-Sized Enterprises

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

byFerguson Evans

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Manufacturing forms the base of the Japanese economy and will continue to do so. It is supported by a host of specialists both in end-user products and intermediary components. Many of these specialists are not behemoths; they can be described as leading medium-sized enterprises, or LMEs. This book traces the rise of these LMEs. It shows how they forged their own course - often at variance with the ideas of the central authorities - honing their art of monozukuri, or making things. At each point in the historical narrative actual entrepreneurs and the LMEs they created are cited. Having contributed handsomely to Japan's industrial evolution from industrialization to the information age, these LMEs are now globalizing, and in so doing assuming a role as East Asian regional specialists.

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Manufacturing forms the base of the Japanese economy and will continue to do so. It is supported by a host of specialists both in end-user products and intermediary components. Many of these specialists are not behemoths; they can be described as leading medium-sized enterprises, or LMEs. This book traces the rise of these LMEs. It sho...

FERGUSON EVANS (PhD) lived in Japan from 1969 to 1990. During that time he worked as export manager for two Japanese start-ups covering chiefly East Asian markets. Since the mid-1980s he has been engaged in Japanese translation and writing. He now divides his time between East Asia and Toulous.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.8 × 5.6 × 0.86 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230218423

ISBN - 13:9780230218420

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Dawning of a Concept
The Universal LME
The Stylized LME
Early Industrialization and the Adumbrated LME
Organization and Techology: 1912 – 1930
War and the Molding of an Industrial Structure: 1930 – 1945
Growth and the “Dual Economy”
Contrasting Profiles of the Modern Japanese Specialist
Monozukuri – Making Things
Globalization and the Specialist  
A Population of Globalizing Japanese LMEs
2007 Update: Funds and China 
Conclusion