Technology and Industrial Development in Pre-war Japan

Technology and Industrial Development in Pre-war Japan

Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard, 1884-1934

eBook - 1992
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Taylor
& Francis Publishing

This book aims to discredit the myth that has the `unique cultural traits' of the Japanese as the key to the country's success, arguing that the more realisable foundation of long-term investment in training and research is responsible.
The book looks at the development of Japan in the pre-War period. Yukiko Fukusaku sees the achievements of this period as central to the present competitiveness of the country's industrial technology. She uses the Mitsubishi Nagasaki shipyard as a case study, looking at technological innovation and training as the keys to long-term stability and economic success.
The book has implications for industrial development worldwide. Japan's starting point over a century ago was similar to the present conditions of many developing countries and the book's emphasis on the acquisition of better skills as a key to development is as relevant to Europe and America as it is to the Third World.

Book News
Argues that the industrial competitiveness of Japan today is due to achievements made before World War II. Taking one company as an example, looks at the successful transfer of technology and the subsequent improvements made possible by extensive research and training programs. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
This book looks at the development of Japan before the War, arguing that the achievements of this period are central to the present competitiveness of the country's industrial technology.
Dr Fukasaku examines industrial, educational and research policy in this period and presents a case study of a leading enterprise, the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard, in order to assess the importance of training and research to technological success.
The book analyses the interaction between national and firm-level policies and it discusses the complexities involved in mastering imported technologies, showing how they were assimilated and improved. It includes detailed examination of the development of the steam turbine, electric welding and diesel engine technologies at the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard.
Dr Fukasaku's argument demonstrates the value of historical analysis in addressing current issues in science and technology policy. Technological innovation and training are revealed as the key to long-term stability and economic success in Japan. This argument has implications for industrial development worldwide, especially in the developing world where present conditions are in many respects similar to those of Japan at the start of her industrial development, over a century ago.

Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1992
ISBN: 9780203974858
0203974859
9780415065528
0415065526
0415065526
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 189 pages)
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