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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995$
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Chushichi Tsuzuki

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.001.0001

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(p.462) Epilogue
The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995


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History cannot be confined within the time limits required for a written history. This is especially true of its closing period. The year 1995 is significant not only for it being the fiftieth anniversary of Japan's defeat in the late war but also because it provided enough signs of an identity crisis of the modern Japanese to make them halt and reflect. It has become apparent that ‘Japanese-style management’ had another important feature which could be described as a system of irresponsibility and illegality born of timidness and avidity on the part of management. It now appears as though Japan has been frustrated in her bid to become a world economic power. Throughout the post-war years, business leaders were concerned more with market share than with profit (for the shareholders), and became expansionist like the pre-war military leaders. The time for evacuation and withdrawal is discussed as well.

Keywords:   Japan, history, war, modern Japanese, Japanese-style management, economic power, business

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