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Why has Japan 'succeeded'? Western technology and the Japanese ethos

The University of Virginia JOHNK. WHITAKER Why has Japan ‘succeeded’? Western technology and the Japanese ethos. By Michio Morishima. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. Pp. ix, 207. $19.95. The rise and expansion of modem capitalism in non-Western non-Christian Japan compel a re-examination of the relationship between cultural values and economic development in the tradition of Max Weber’s Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. Professor Morishima undertook this task in his Marshall k c tures delivered at the University of Cambridge in March 1981. This book contains the text of those lectures. As a working hypothesis Morishima accepts Weber’s argument that religion determines the type and extent of economic development. Japan has been under the influence of three religions-Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shintoism. Among them, Confucianism has been the most powerful in disciplining individual behavior, regulating social relationships, and upholding the principles and guidelines of good government. In earlier chapters, Morishima deals with the conceptual structure of the Confucian ethic and the thousand-year history of Japan’s cultural and political changes before the rise of a centralized feudal state under the rule of the House of Tokugawa (1603-1867). The Tokugawa fell by failing to modernize Japan and govern it effectively http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Political Economy Duke University Press

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