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Inside the Japanese System By Daniel I. Okimoto

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This text comprises 55 selections by economists, political scientists, anthropologists, business consultants, and others, which together give an unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the Japanese industrial system.
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Inside the Japanese System: Readings on Contemporary Society and Political Economy by Daniel I. Okimoto

Among the world's great industrial states, Japan is the newest, most dynamic, and most distinctive. Whether viewed as a model, a partner, or a threat, no country is more important or less understood. What are the central features of Japan's industrial system? What are the core institutions and practices that have to be understood in order to know how it functions? What sets it apart from other industrial systems, notably that of the United States? Is the Japanese system changing, and if so, how? These are the basic questions addressed in this volume, which presents in compact form the best thinking, the most stimulating arguments, and the classic interpretations of contemporary Japan. The book comprises 55 selections by economists, political scientists, anthropologists, business consultants, and others, which together give an unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the Japanese industrial system. The selections are relatively short, in most cases extracts or abridgements of longer works, and cover all levels of the system, from workers and managers, through company organization, to the nexus of ties between companies and their subcontractors, subsidiaries, banks, shareholders, and 'business group' affiliations. The book also considers the controversial subjects of industrial policy, government-business relations, financial markets, sociocultural factors, and the political context within which the whole system functions. A concrete illustration of the overall system in operation appears in a case study of the near-bankruptcy and subsequent turnaround of Mazda Motors.<

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Part I. Culture and Society: 1. The family as an ethical system Watsuji Tetsuro; 2. The family as an economic unit Thomas C. Smith; 3. Hierarchy in Japanese society Nakane Chie; 4. Childrearing and personality formation William A. Caudill and Carmi Schooler; 5. Children and their mothers; 6. Dependency in human relationships Doi Takeo; 7. Education in Japanese society Thomas P. Rohlen; 8. The Japanese will to work Inagami Takeshi; 9. Confucianism as a basis for capitalism Morishima Michio; Part II. The Economy: 10. Organization for economic reconstruction Sakakibara Eisuke and Noguchi Yukio; 11. The banking-industrial complex M. Therese Flaherty and Itami Hiroyuki; 12. Japanese bond and stock markets Edward J. Lincoln; 13. The Japan-United States savings-rate gap Nagato Kazuhiko; 14. Industrial groups Rodney Clark; 15. A statement against free competition Morozumi Yoshihiko; 16. The closed nature of Japanese intercorporate relations Okumura Hiroshi; 17. Japan's subcontractors: the buck stops here; 18. Small business in Japan Robert C. Wood; 19. Japan's new bankruptcies Gary R. Saxonhouse; 20. Goodwill and the spirit of market capitalism Ronald Dore; Part III. The Company Pattern: 21. The company as family: historical background Rodney Clark; 22. Economic realities and enterprise strategies Peter E. Drucker; 23. Allocation of labor and capital in Japan and the United States Imia Ken'ichi and Itami Hiroyuki; 24. Debt and equity financing: implications Daniel I. Okimoto; 25. Japanese policies: past and future Murakami Yasusuke; 26. People management is what it's all about Thomas J. Nevins; 27. The education of a Japanese banker Thomas P. Rohlen; 28. Working women in Japan Alice H. Cook and Hayashi Hiroko; 29. Permanent employment policies in times of recession Thomas P Rohlen; 30. Productivity changes in Japan, 1960-1980 Ohta Hajime; 31. The Ma,-da Turnaround Richard Fawale and Thoinas P Rohlen; Part IV. Government Institutions and Policy Making: 32. Liberal-democratic party dominance in the diet Daniel I. Okimoto; 33. The liberal-democratic party's 'grand coalition' Daniel I. Okimoto; 34. The exchange of political goods and services Daniel I. Okimoto; 35. Liberal-democratic party factions Daniel I. Okimoto; 36. Bureaucrats and politicians: shifting influence Inoguchi Takashi; 37. Ex-bureaucrats in the liberal-democratic party Daniel I. Okimoto; 38. Dispute resolution in contemporary Japan Kawashima Takeyoshi and Noda Yosiyuki; 39. The role of law and lawyers in Japanese society Tanaka Hideo; 40. The way of the bureaucrat Suzuta Atsuyuki; 41. New support for the liberal-democratic party Murakami Yasusuke; 42. Japanese political economy today: the patterned pluralist model Ellis S. Krauss and Muramatsu Michio; 43. Japan, the societal state Daniel I. Okimoto; 44. Market rationality vs. plan rationality Chalmers Johnson; 45. Procartel policy: the advantages Kozo Yamamura; 46. Japanese industrial policy: international repercussions Kozo Yamamura; 47. T

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GOR010808551
Inside the Japanese System: Readings on Contemporary Society and Political Economy by Daniel I. Okimoto
Daniel I. Okimoto
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Stanford University Press
1987-12-31
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0804714231
9780804714235
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