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As the world's only major industrial society yet to emerge from outside the Western tradition, Japan has evolved into an industrial state very different from those of the West. Robert Smith argues that this difference is found not so much in organisational and institutional forms as in the Japanese view of the relationship of individuals to one another and to society as a As the world's only major industrial society yet to emerge from outside the Western tradition, Japan has evolved into an industrial state very different from those of the West. Robert Smith argues that this difference is found not so much in organisational and institutional forms as in the Japanese view of the relationship of individuals to one another and to society as a whole. He traces the origin of this difference to the historical traditions of Japan, which rest on cultural premises quite unlike those of the Western world. His compelling and convincing analysis of contemporary Japanese society has far-reaching implications for our understanding of the nature of the modern industrial world.


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As the world's only major industrial society yet to emerge from outside the Western tradition, Japan has evolved into an industrial state very different from those of the West. Robert Smith argues that this difference is found not so much in organisational and institutional forms as in the Japanese view of the relationship of individuals to one another and to society as a As the world's only major industrial society yet to emerge from outside the Western tradition, Japan has evolved into an industrial state very different from those of the West. Robert Smith argues that this difference is found not so much in organisational and institutional forms as in the Japanese view of the relationship of individuals to one another and to society as a whole. He traces the origin of this difference to the historical traditions of Japan, which rest on cultural premises quite unlike those of the Western world. His compelling and convincing analysis of contemporary Japanese society has far-reaching implications for our understanding of the nature of the modern industrial world.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    David Mytton

    Quite difficult to read due to the long chapters and dense text, I nonetheless found this a detailed analysis of many of the aspects of Japanese society I have experienced on my own visits to the country. Japan is unusual in its incredibly low rate of crime and high levels of workaholism. This book goes a long way to explain why these seemingly unlinked phenomena are actually a result of the group based origins of the structure of society. This has been maintained for so long due to the length o Quite difficult to read due to the long chapters and dense text, I nonetheless found this a detailed analysis of many of the aspects of Japanese society I have experienced on my own visits to the country. Japan is unusual in its incredibly low rate of crime and high levels of workaholism. This book goes a long way to explain why these seemingly unlinked phenomena are actually a result of the group based origins of the structure of society. This has been maintained for so long due to the length of time Japan remained isolated from the rest of the world. I think this also explains the lack of any major startup ecosystem or entrepreneurialism - despite the many high-tech companies that originated in Japan, there seem to be very few new startups to follow the likes of Sony, Toshiba or Nintendo. Written some time ago, this book would go well with Lost Japan which explains how society has been changing in the modern era.

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