In the Shadow of Oriental Culture A Study of the Impact of Confucianism on Japan's Economic Development After World War II
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
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Special Collections LD4331.I45X88
Japan's fast economic growth after World War II can be ascribed to different factors. This study seeks to determine whether the cultural factor, more specifically Confucianism in Japanese version, has constituted the dynamism behind the success stories of Japan. The study approaches the problem by examining the Confucian doctrine and original works of important Japanese philosophers concerning the Confucian ethics and values, which are recrystallized into new organizational patterns in industrial corporation. While the period after World War II is the focus of the study, the unique features of Japanese industry like "Life-time Employment" and "Groupism" are reviewed to determine their relationship with Confucian traditions and values. The conclusion is that cultural factors in general and Confucianism in particular do play an important role in Japan's economic development. However, cultural factor is not a static medium but only a genuine dynamic trigger.
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"In the Shadow of Oriental Culture A Study of the Impact of Confucianism on Japan's Economic Development After World War II"
(1991). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/89pf-3f58