A History of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower by Kenneth Henshall

By Kenneth Henshall

Japan's effect at the glossy international has been huge, immense. It occupies only one three hundredth of the planet's land quarter, but got here to wield one 6th of the world's fiscal strength. simply one hundred fifty years in the past it was once an imprecise land of paddy fields and feudal despots. inside 50 years it turned an incredible imperial strength – it's so-called 'First Miracle'. After defeat within the moment international conflict, whilst Japan got here just about annihilation, inside 25 years it recovered remarkably to turn into the world's 3rd largest economic system – it's 'Second Miracle'. it truly is not in simple terms an fiscal superpower, but additionally a technological and cultural superpower. precise miracles don't have any rationalization: Japan's 'miracles' do. The nation's good fortune lies in deeply ingrained old values, resembling a realistic selection to prevail. the realm can research a lot from Japan, and its tale is advised in those pages.

Covering the complete sweep of jap background, from old to modern, this publication explores Japan's huge, immense influence at the glossy global, and the way important it really is to envision the earlier and tradition of the rustic in an effort to complete comprehend its achievements and responses. Now in its 3rd version, this publication is usefully up to date and revised.

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How far is the office of PRIME MINISTER enhanced by these and associated reforms? Are governments in the early 2000s any less beholden to myriad vested interests than they were before? Has the shape of the politico-economic system significantly changed, and, if so, is that change for the better? Relational and contract-based transactions Though most commentators express themselves in favour of reform, there are some who believe some features of the existing system may be valuable and worth retaining.

He saw the whole period as a learning experience in which some spectacular mistakes were made, particularly in the late 1930s and early 1940s. But he writes: The effectiveness of the Japanese state in the economic realm is to be explained in the first instance by its priorities. For more than 50 years the Japanese state has given its first priority to economic development. …the consistency and continuity of its top priority generated a learning process that made the state much more effective during the second half of the period than the first.

It was turned into a powerful method whereby the farmer could be paid a guaranteed price for his produce, at the expense of the consumer, who had to pay inflated prices for food. As can be seen from the above highly simplified description, the Nōkyō has been an almost infinitely complex organisation, and is exceedingly difficult to categorise, in its totality, according to function. Indeed, it may be seen as having 10 DICTIONARY OF THE MODERN POLITICS OF JAPAN three main functions, each of which one might expect to be performed by different institutions.

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