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Technological Transformation of Japan From the Seventeenth to the Twenty-First Century

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ISBN-10: 0521424925

ISBN-13: 9780521424929

Edition: 1994

Authors: Tessa Morris-Suzuki

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For decades, Japan has been at the cutting edge of much technology, becoming an industrial superpower in the process. It is not widely acknowledged, however, that Japan's status as technological leader is the result of historical processes over centuries. This landmark book is the first general English-language history of technology in modern Japan. Impressive for its scope and insight, the book also considers the social costs of rapid technological change. It will be read not only by people interested in modern and premodern Japan, but by those who wish to learn from the "Japanese phenomenon."
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Book details

List price: $43.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/25/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Japanese Challenge
Explaining the Challenge: Culture, Institutions and History
Imitation and Innovation
Technology and the Japanese Periphery
Social Networks and Innovation
The Tokugawa Heritage, 1603-1867
Society and Technology in Tokugawa Japan
Foreign Influences in a 'Closed Country'
Heredity and Hierarchy
Soroban and Sword
Science and the Samurai
'Develop Products, Promote Enterprise'
Peace and the Printed Word
Nature of Tokugawa Technology
Silk and Cotton
Gold, Silver and Iron
Sake-brewing
Carpentry and Instrument-making
Opening the Doors
Of Cannons, Iron Furnaces and the Outer Domains
Japan and the Black Ships
Hired Foreigners and Japanese Abroad
Technology in Industrialising Japan, 1868-1945
Technology and the Meiji State, 1868-1912
'Under Reconstruction'
The State-centred Approach
The Revisionist Approach
The Social Network Approach
Systems-building and Science-based Industry, 1912-1937
Corporate Research and the Social Network of Innovation
Science and Business: Company Research and the Acquisition of Technology
The State and Corporate Research
Subcontracting and Small Firms
Government Planning and the Rise of Technology Policy
A War of Science and Technology, 1937-1945
A New Order for Science and Technology
The War and Corporate Research
Subcontracting and the 'Just-in-time' System
Scientists and Social Responsibility
The Making of a Technological Superpower, since 1945
Technology and the 'Economic Miracle', 1945-1973
Democracy, Technology and the New Japan
Back to the Future: Technological and Industrial Recovery
Imported Technology and Indigenous Innovation
Rationalisation and the Productivity Movement
From Rationalisation to Automation: Postwar Technology Policies
The Social Network of Innovation in Postwar Japan
Technology, Society and the Environment
High-tech Japan
The Collapse of High Growth and the Birth of the 'Information Society'
Next Generation Technologies
The Changing Shape of Corporate Research
Small-scale Manufacturing and the Technopolis Vision
National Technology Projects: Nuclear Power and Space
Japan as an Exporter of Technology
Notes
Chronology
Bibliography
Index