East Asia and the Global Economy
Japan’s Ascent, with Implications for China’s Future
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Even by the standards of academic publishing, this book has a long history. Stephen and I began working on this project in the spring of 1993. Based on his extensive fieldwork and teaching in the Brazilian Amazon and my own fieldwork in Brazil . . .
1 Growth and Crisis in the Japanese Economy
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At the end of World War II, a defeated Japan faced tremendous difficulties. U.S. bombing destroyed much of Japan’s industry and cities, and an occupying army controlled the country politically and economically. Japan lost its empire . . .
2 Economic Ascent and Hegemony in the Capitalist World-Economy
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Relations of production are profoundly social, but they occur within, are constrained by, and catalyze material processes.Material processes manifest a higher degree of regularity and generality than occurs in social processes, so . . .
3 The MIDAs-Steel-Ships Nexus
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In this chapter, we first describe the position of Japan materially and sociopolitically after World War II. We highlight Japan’s depleted domestic raw materials supplies, its poverty, the opposition of Japan’s neighbors to reestablishing trade . . .
4 Creating Japan’s Coal-Exporting Peripheries
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The Japanese steel mills and the Japanese state, with the initial support of the United States, constructed and then progressively reconstructed a model of raw materials access in coal that required complex processes of learning and negotiation . . .
5 Replicating Japan’s New Model in Iron Ore
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The Japanese steel industry in the late 1940s and early 1950s confronted the same problem with iron ore that it did with coal: how to gain access to and transport to Japan large quantities of bulky, low-value ore. For the first fifteen years after . . .
6 Transporting Coal and Iron Ore
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In the process of transporting raw materials to Japan, the Japanese shipping industry created economies of scale that lowered Japanese raw materials costs for the steel plants and their customers in the Maritime Industrial Development Areas . . .
7 The Restructuring of Global Markets and the Future of the Capitalist World-Economy
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We first summarize our analysis of Japan’s economic ascent and then compare this case to earlier cases of dramatic economic ascent that have transformed global industries and environments.We also analyze Japan’s economic stagnation, as well . . .
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Johns Hopkins Studies in Globalization