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The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization: Another Path to Industrialization

Masayuki Tanimoto


This volume explores Japan’s industrialization from the perspective of ‘indigenous development’, focusing on what may be identified as ‘traditional’ or ‘indigenous’ factors. Japanese industrialization has often been described as the process of transferring and importing technology and organization from Western countries. Recent research, however, has shown that economic development began during the Tokugawa-era, the so-called age of proto-industrialization. This economic development not only prepared for the technology transfer from the West, but also formed the basis of the particular industr ... More

Keywords: Japan, industrialization, proto-industrialization, economic development, indigenous industry, household strategy, merchant, government, trade association, community

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198292746
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0198292740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Masayuki Tanimoto, editor
Associate Professor of Economic History, The University of Tokyo

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