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The Evolution of the Japanese Developmental State

Institutions locked in by ideas, 1st Edition

By Hironori Sasada


220 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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The Japanese economy underwent a fundamental transition from a liberal economy to a developmental state system during World War II, and despite efforts by the American occupation forces to dismantle them after 1945, these elements of the wartime economic system remained in place. Through an historical institutionalist lens, this book examines the reasons why the key features of the Japanese developmental state, such as pilot agencies and industrial associations, continued to play key roles in the post-war Japanese economy. Further, it locates the fundamental roots of the developmental state system in wartime Manchuria and thus highlights how decisions made in the context of war continued to influence the direction of the Japanese economy over the following decades.

Analysing the institutional origin and evolutionary path of developmental state system, The Evolution of the Japanese Developmental State extends existing scholarship on the institutions that were at the heart of the developmental state system by focusing on not just why they were important, but also how and why they were originally built. Based on extensive archival research in both Japan and the USA, including Japanese language collections not widely known in the West, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of political science, economic history, economics and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Early Stages of Japan’s Industrialization 3. Institutional Evolution in Manchuria (1932-45) 4. The Developmental State System in Wartime Japan (1937-45) 5. Occupation, reform, and resurgence of wartime institutions – Postwar Japan (1946-65) 6. The Evolution of the Japanese Developmental State

About the Author

Hironori Sasada is Assistant Professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General