The Role of Tradition in Japans Industrialization: Another Path to Industrialization

Hardcover | May 25, 2006

EditorMasayuki Tanimoto

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This volume explores Japan's industrialization from the perspective of "indigenous development", focusing on what may be identified as "traditional" or "indigenous" factors. Japanese industrialization has often been described as the process of transferring or importing technology andorganization from Western countries. Recent research has, however, shown that economic development had already begun in pre-modern period (Tokugawa-era) in Japan. This economic development not only prepared Japan for the transfer from the West, but also formed the basis of the particularindustrialization process which paralleled transplanted industrialization in modern Japan. The aim of the volume is to demonstrate this aspect of industrialization through the detailed studies of so-called "indigenous" industries.This collection of papers looks at the industries originating in the Tokugawa-era, such as weaving, silk-reeling and pottery, as well as the newly developed small workshops engaged in manufacturing machinery, soap, brash, buttons, etc. Small businesses in the tertiary sector, transportation andcommerce, are also observed. Available for the first time in English, these papers shed new light on the role of "indigenous development" and our understanding of the dualistic character of Japan's economic development.

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This volume explores Japan's industrialization from the perspective of "indigenous development", focusing on what may be identified as "traditional" or "indigenous" factors. Japanese industrialization has often been described as the process of transferring or importing technology andorganization from Western countries. Recent research ...

Masayuki Tanimoto is Associate Professor of Economic History at the Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo. He is currently an academic visitor at the London School of Economics. In 1998, he was awarded the Nikkei Economic Book Prize.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:May 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part IIntroduction1. Masayuki Tanimoto: The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization: Another Path to Industrialization2. Takanori Matsumoto: The Development of Traditional Industries in Modern Japan: A Statistical ExpositionPart IITradition in Industrialization3. Johzen Takeuchi: The Role of "Early Factories" in Japanese Industrialization4. Satoshi Matsumura: Dualism in the Silk Reeling Industry in Suwa from the 1910s to the 1930s5. Jun Sasaki: Factory Girls in an Agrarian Setting circa 19106. Jun Suzuki: The Humble Origins of Modern Japan's Machine Industry7. Kazuhiro Omori: How Local Trade Associations and Manufacturers' Associations Worked in Pre-war JapanPart IIIThe Modernization of Local Industies8. Masaki Nakabayashi: The Rise of the Factory Industry: Silk Reeling in the Suwa District9. Takehisa Yamada: The Export-orientated Industrialization of Japanese Pottery: The Adoption and Adaptation of Overseas Technology and Market InformationPart IVIndustry and Regional Community10. Hisami Matsuzaki: The Development of a Rural Weaving Industry and its Social Capital11. Futoshi Yamauchi: Communal Action in the Development of Regional Industrial Policy: A Case Study of the Kawamata Silk Weaving Industry12. Masayuki Tanimoto: Capital Accumulation and the Local Economy: Brewers and Local Notables