Acquiring, Adapting and Developing Technologies

Lessons from the Japanese Experience

  • Ryōshin Minami
  • Kwan S. Kim
  • Fumio Makino
  • Joung-hae Seo

Part of the Studies in the Modern Japanese Economy book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Japanese Experience in Technology: A Survey

    1. Ryōshin Minami, Kwan S. Kim, Fumio Makino, Joung-hae Seo
      Pages 1-28
  3. Choice and Adaptation of Technology

  4. Research and Development, Innovation and Industrial Organization

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 339-346

About this book


Economic progress requires technological development, which in turn depends on a country's social capacity to acquire, assimilate, and develop new technologies. Focusing on the evolution of Japan's economy from the Meiji Restoration to the present day, this volume provides an authoritative account, firmly grounded in theoretical and empirical analysis, of the country's attempts to generate the necessary social capacity for technological innovation and absorption. Successive chapters address the specific experiences of a number of key Japanese industries during this process. Each industrial case study is written by an acknowledged expert in the field and presents material of significant interest to specialists in economic development in a form that is also accessible to the nonspecialist. The book concludes with a summary of useful lessons, variously applicable to countries at all the different stages of industrialization.


competition development dynamics economic development economy industrial organization innovation interest organization organizations product development productivity success technological innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ryōshin Minami
    • 1
  • Kwan S. Kim
    • 2
  • Fumio Makino
    • 3
  • Joung-hae Seo
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Economic ResearchHitotsubashi UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Kellogg Institute for International StudiesUniversity of Notre DameUSA
  3. 3.Tokyo Gakugei UniversityTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Business ResearchHitotsubashi UniversityTokyoJapan

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