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Industrial Harmony in Modern Japan

The Invention of a Tradition, 1st Edition

By W. Dean Kinzley


206 pages

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Economic success in Japan has been attributed to the existence of harmonious labour-management relations. This book, first published in 1991, argues that this unique ‘culture of harmony’ was consciously invented and developed over the last century. A semi-bureaucratic organization called the Kyochokai was established in 1919 to meet the needs of an emerging industrial society. It took the lead in trying to define the values which would be suitable for a new Japanese-style industrial culture. The resulting ‘invented’ tradition has played an important role in the evolution and character of Japanese economic values and behaviour.

Table of Contents

1. Society as Moral Community, the Making of a Myth 2. Founding of the Kyochokai 3. Kyochokai Visions of Industrial Society 4. To Create Society Anew 5. The Moral Community in Crisis

About the Author

W. Dean Kinzley

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Business and Economics in Asia

This set examines a vast range of topics covering all experiences of business and economics from across Asia. Dealing with early banking systems in China; the industrialisation of Korea and Taiwan; the evolution of Japanese business practices; economic development; protectionist policies; industrial investment; trade; tourism; and a host of other topics, the books collected here form a vital reference resource across a wide subject area.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies