Japan`s Rise

Japan is one of the world's leading economic powers when concentrating on its

Gross Domestic Product of four point two trillion United States dollars. Its
economy is only second to the United States in terms of production. However,

Japan has not always contained a relatively strong economy. The Japanese's
economic strategies have boosted economy to new heights since its fall during
the second world war because of their unorthodox manner of business etiquette,
innovative strategy, and strong relations with stable economies such as Canada
and the United States. The rise to the top did not occur without a large
struggle as many problems did occur after the Second World War left Japan
economically devastated. Japan's journey has left them at the present with
recession conditions. Following world war two, Japan's economy was absolutely
devastated. From 1937 to its defeat in 1945 Japan poured all of its strength
into the war. The industrial sector was diverted into a swollen military
production sector. The strongest and swiftest workers were placed in the
military, and quite often sent to die on the front lines of the war. The
citizens who stayed in Japan often worked in military factories, and faced the
constant threat of air raids. Once the war was over there was not a need for the
military industries that were created and a thick number of four million
citizens became unemployed. The new unemployed total had then reached thirteen
point one million people. After the war Japan was on the verge of bankruptcy in
its international payments. The trade deficit had expanded drastically and the
balance of payments equilibrium was completely destroyed. Since Japan was
allocating all of its resources into the war and to begin with was not a country
with many raw materials they had no choice but to import an excessive amount of
raw material in order to produce military hardware. Even so, the war did award

JaPan with some benefits. The industries developed during the war became the
major postwar industries, such as the steel and transportation industries.

Wartime technology was reborn during the postwar as Japan became one of the
world's leading countries in the technology industry. Japan's technology
advances made it more competitive. These technological developments included
advancements in the production of steel by utilizing new technologies. The
increase in electrical power produced by the Sakuma dam, as well as increased
technologies in the area of shipbuilding; automobiles, electrical machinery,
sewing machines and cameras helped put Japan on a path to being more
competitive. Through massive restructuring and the creation of niche markets
such as Mitsui mining being split up into Mitsui coal mining and Mitsui metal
mining, Japan was able to establish a base for its future economy. The Japanese
have a very different method of thought from everyone else in the world. In the
beginning of this century, Japan lost its ability to feed it citizen's and began
to panic. They had money to import food however, due to their morals they would
rather conquer than pay money and give in. The country comes together as one to
try to gain control as a nation. There is very little if any competition among

Japanese companies when it comes to the foreign market. Japanese corporations do
practice a form of conventional economic competition, but all within their own
borders. This is what is known as the "one set" philosophy. Each
company produces a set of various products. For example, all beer companies
produce a lager, and draft and a dry beer. This is only inside Japanese borders.

Economists state that it is impossible to specialize in everything, but the

Japanese have an urge to be on the top in every field. Even in the schools
children are pressured to be the best. It is a very competitive environment and
if they can not cut it their career goals will not be anything but an
ever-lasting dream. The whole society is based on being the best at what ever it
may be. Although recently the new younger generation is shifting towards a
conserver society, less work and more play is the credo for this new breed of
human beings. Married couples as well as single, free thinking individuals are
no longer willing to let their jobs consume their lives, they take two day
weekends and escape to quite places like a beach. The Americans complain about
declines in their steel industries but few Americans believe that it is a
problem to import CD players and TV's. The United States government does not
have any form of a plan to