This book looks at the development of Japan before the War, arguing that the achievements of this period are central to the present competitiveness of the country's industrial technology.
Dr Fukasaku examines industrial, educational and research policy in this period and presents a case study of a leading enterprise, the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard, in order to assess the importance of training and research to technological success.
The book analyses the interaction between national and firm-level policies and it discusses the complexities involved in mastering imported technologies, showing how they were assimilated and improved. It includes detailed examination of the development of the steam turbine, electric welding and diesel engine technologies at the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard.
Dr Fukasaku's argument demonstrates the value of historical analysis in addressing current issues in science and technology policy. Technological innovation and training are revealed as the key to long-term stability and economic success in Japan. This argument has implications for industrial development worldwide, especially in the developing world where present conditions are in many respects similar to those of Japan at the start of her industrial development, over a century ago.
Series: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies
Number Of Pages: 189
Published: 3rd December 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 13.46
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1