1st Edition

Miraculous Growth and Stagnation in Post-War Japan

Edited By Koichi Hamada, Keijiro Otsuka, Gustav Ranis, Ken Togo Copyright 2011
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

      This volume examines different aspects of the Japanese experience in a comparative context. There is much here of relevance to contemporary developing countries anxious to initiate the experience of miraculous growth and anxious to avoid the subsequent stagnation.

      Such issues of the role of government in providing the right amount of infant industry protection, the relevance of the financial system, the country’s peculiar corporate structure and the role of education in a comparative context serve to illuminate the lessons and legacies of this unique experience in development.

      The relationship between various dimensions of its domestic policy experience and Japan’s international experience in trade promotion and foreign aid is explored and is of special interest to an international audience of academics and policymakers.

      1. Introduction: Postwar Japanese Economic Growth in a Global Perspective, Keijiro Otsuka, Gustav Ranis, Ken Togo, and Koichi Hamada  2. Infant Industry Protection Policy Reconsidered: The Case of the Automobile Industry in Japan, Ken Togo  3. Cluster-Based Industrial Development: Applicability of Japanese Experience to Contemporary Developing Countries, Keijiro Otsuka and Tetsushi Sonobe  4. Financial Systems and Economic Development: The Case of Japan, Yasuhiro Arikawa  5. What Will Become of the Japanese Corporation?, Katsuhioto Iwai  6. Dismissal Regulation in Japan, Ryo Kanbayashi  7. Conditions of Corporate Progress As Seen through Post-War Japanese Business History, Konosuke Odaka  8. The Role of Education in the Economic Catch-Up: Comparative Growth Experience from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, Yoshihisa Godo and Yujiro Hayami  9. The "Yoshida Doctrine" in Post-Cold War World, Koichi Hamada and Seiko Mimaki  10. The New Model of Foreign Aid Drawn from the Experiences of Japan and the United States, Gustav Ranis, Stephen Kosack, and Ken Togo  11. Lessons from Japan's Postwar Development Experience, Koichi Hamada, Keijiro Otsuka, Gustav Ranis, and Ken Togo


      Koichi Hamada is the Tuntex Professor of Economics at Yale University, where he specializes in the Japanese Economy and International Economics. Professor Hamada has an LLB, an MA in Economics from the University of Tokyo and an MA and PhD in Economics from Yale University. In Japan, he participated in many policy committees at the Ministry of Finance, MITI, the Economic Planning Agency and other ministries and was one of the few who applied the methodology of "Law and Economics" to Japan’s legal system in the 1970s. Professor Hamada was the founding President of the Japan Law and Economics Association in 2003.

      Keijiro Otsuka received his BA in agricultural sciences, Hokkaido University in March 1971, MA in economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University in March 1974 and PhD in economics, University of Chicago in March 1979. He is currently Visiting Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (April 2001 to present). Currently he is associate editor of Economic Development and Cultural Change and president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.

      Gustav Ranis was the Henry R. Luce Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies from 1996 to 2004. He was a Carnegie Corporation Scholar from 2004 to 2006, Director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale from 1967 to 1975, Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy at USAID from 1965 to 1967, and Director of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics from 1958 to 1961. He has worked in China, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and Taiwan, among others. Professor Ranis has more than 20 books and 300 articles on theoretical and policy-related issues of development to his credit.

      Ken Togo is Professor in the Faculty of Economics, Musashi University, Tokyo, and Adjunct Lecturer of the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. He received his PhD from Yale. He was also Research Fellow of Economic Planning Agency, Government of Japan (1998-1999) and Visiting Fellow of Economic Growth Center, Yale University(2003-2004). He was previously with the Foundation for Advanced Studies in Development (FASID), Tokyo.