shows influence of social aspects on economics...needs work needs more examples...(best mark in class)
Japan has performed a miracle. The country's economic performance following its crushing
defeat in World War II is nothing short of astounding. The economic expansion of Japan is
second to none. All of the elements are in place for Japan to continue increasing its share
of the world's wealth as America's gradually declines. The country is on track to becoming
the world's largest economy. How did Japan do it? There are many theories and studies
that have traced the Japanese miracle without success. The answer to the mystery can be
found by examining Japan's culture, education, and employment system. Japan's success is
not just a case of good technique and technology in business, but a real recognition and
development of the necessary human skills.
A better understanding of the Japanese society provides the framework to
understanding the workings of Japanese business (and possibly the Japanese mind.)
ways of the Japanese provide a foundation for their economic adaptability in modern times.
Japan is a culture where human relations and preservation of harmony are the most
important elements in society. 'It is their sense of identity and destiny which gives their
industrial machine its effectiveness.'1 'Among the Japanese, there exists an instinctive
respect for institutions and government, for the rules of etiquette and service, for social
functions and their rituals of business. Japan is a traditionally crowded island, the people
are forced to share the limited space with each other and to live in harmony.. The Japanese
are very protective of their culture. They are very conservative to outside intrusion. Their
distinctive ways are a source of pride and national strength.'2 Japan's striving for purity is
very different form a North American idea of open doors...