Japan: Industrial Power of Asia

Japan: Industrial Power of Asia

Japan: Industrial Power of Asia

Japan: Industrial Power of Asia

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Japan today is experiencing, as it has experienced before in its history, such great changes in industry and agriculture and in ways and places of living that it is difficult to keep pace with even the broad general trends. The purpose of this book is to give the reader a brief view of Japan as a fast-developing, modern, urban-industrial society, and to show some aspects of its changing role in the world as a result of its regained industrial importance.

The emphasis is on "changing Japan." Much of "traditional Japan" remains--in customs, ways of thought, art, industry, and agriculture--but (although I am aware of the dangers of oversimplification and omission) the keynote everywhere is change. Modernization, industrialization, and urbanization are shaping a society which becomes more each year like those of the most advanced urban-industrial nations.

To some this book may seem too optimistic about Japan's future, since much of Japan's development will depend on what happens outside the country, and Japan is especially vulnerable to outside forces. Nonetheless, the nation's economic accomplishments, in spite of many problems, are such that considered optimism seems appropriate.

It is not possible to thank properly all those who have taught me about Japan and have directly or indirectly contributed to the observations and ideas in this book. I would, however, like to give special thanks to Professor Toshio Noh, Chairman of the Geographical Institute at Tohoku University, and to Professors Akira Watanabe of Ochanomizu University and Kaoru Tanaka of Kobe University.

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