Essays on Japanese Economy

Essays on Japanese Economy

Essays on Japanese Economy

Essays on Japanese Economy

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When one resides abroad, as long as I have done, one is frequently called upon to explain or discuss about one's country. My interest in various aspects of the Japanese economy thus developed as more of an avocation, with intermittent concentration as the occasion demanded. All the essays included here, except one, were originally written with western readers in mind, each against the background of specific time and problem. The exception is the essay on "Economic fluctuations in Japan, 1868-1893," which is purely academic in character. Since all of them were published once before, I have indicated, at the very beginning of each essay, the year when it was written and the name of the publication where it first appeared, along with a few explanatory notes. I am grateful for the permissions given to me for reproduction by the publications concerned.

I am aware that some of the materials contained here are already out of date. In particular, my discussion of "Japan's economy under the strain of 'China Incident'", which suffers tremendously from the lack of accurate data at the time, can now be seen to contain some serious errors of judgment. But I have chosen to reproduce all the essays in the original form, inasmuch as each one of them was the best I could do under the given circumstances and as such they con-

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