Topic 4 – Japan and its Corporate Hegemony. A – Geography and the Insularity of Japan B – Japanese Development C – The Corporate and Industrial Hegemony. A. Geography and the Insularity of Japan. 1. Location In which way the location of Japan is unique? 2. Maritime Orientation
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A – Geography and the Insularity of Japan
B – Japanese Development
C – The Corporate and Industrial Hegemony
In which way the location of Japan is unique?
2. Maritime Orientation
How the ocean is influencing the Japanese society?
What characterizes the Japanese population?
Is Japan lacking resources?
Limited outside influence (insularity).
Writing, Buddhism and Confucianism came from China, via Korea.
Protected from Chinese (Mongol) and Korean invasions.
End of maritime roads from Europe.
Closest Asian country from North America.
Core of the transpacific trade.
… To Hub
Sea of Japan
Cold winter winds
Kuroshio (Black current)
Warm and salty.
2011 Sendai Earthquake
1. Feudal Japan (before 1868)
What characterized the Japanese society before its modernization?
2. Japan’s First Transformation (1868-1945)
How Japan was able to become an industrial power while most Pacific Asian countries failed?
3. Japan’s Second Transformation (1946-1989)
How Japan was able to become a global economic power?
4. The Lost Decades (1989-)
Why Japan has recently been facing economic difficulties?
Westernizethe SchoolSystem(Fr. & Ger.)
Abolitionof the Feudal System
Modernize the Army(Prussian)
Build aModern Navy(British)
Human Rights & ReligiousFreedom
Govt. / corp. dualism
Resources / Markets
Southeast Asia (1941)
United States (1853)
Unequal Treaties (1858)
Civil War (1868)
Labor / Education
1. Corporate System
What is the nature and structure of the Japanese corporate system?
2. Labor and Technology
What is specific to the Japanese workforce?
3. Trade and the Financial System
What is the commercial and financial strength of Japan?
4. Mega-Urban Regions: Tokaido
How Japanese urbanization is structured?
Affiliates and subsidiaries
Coal, Iron ore, Grain
Coal, Iron ore, Grain