By C. Andrew Gerstle
The interval of jap historical past ahead of the arrival of industrialisation and modernism is of super curiosity. The essays during this assortment express a fascination with the social context at the back of the improvement of aesthetics, drama, language, artwork and philosophy, no matter if it's the realm of the excitement quarters or the Shogun's courtroom.
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Johnson describes in detail some of the specific industriat policy tools MIT! and other ministries use to develop strategic industries: On the protective side, discriminatory tariffs, preferential commodity taxes on national products, import restrictions based on foreign currency controls, on the development side they include the supply of low interest funds to targeted industries through governmental financial benefits, exclusion from import duties of designated critical equipment, licensing of imported foreign technology, providing industrial parks for private businesses Trade Policy toward the Third World 37 through public investments, and administrative guidance by MITI and other ministries.
George defines corporatism as the interdependence within a pattern of interest group-state bureaucracy relations . . [including): formal inclusion of interest groups in government administration for purposes of assistance in policy implementation, in exchange for guaranteed access to government officials, legitimation of interest groups in ministerial advisory and consultation processes and . . bureaucratic protection and patronage. The end product of corporatized relations between 28 Japan and the Third World the state and interest groups is cooperation between the various parts of the public and private sectors in the pursuit of commonly agreed policy goals.
For example, in the early 1970s Tokyo rejected an American request to sell grapefruit in Japan with the following 'logic': first, the Japanese would not like grapefruit; second, Japanese tangerine sales (and farmers) would be drastically hurt, an event which might upset the social stability of rural constituencies on which the ruling LDP depended, perhaps leading to JCP election victories; and third, the ever invoked general plea that Japan was merely 'a small island country with few natural resources' making its way in a cold, cruel world.
18th Century Japan: Culture and Society by C. Andrew Gerstle