How does Japan do it

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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...