The Challenge of the Rising Sun
The unprecedented growth of the Japanese economy in the 60’s not only amazed many economists and raised various questions in their minds but also led a number of capable foreign journalists to serious consideration of the nature of socio-economic changes of post-war Japan. Publications like Norman McRay, The Risen Sun, Hakan Hedberg, The Japanese Challenge, Robert Guillain, Japon Troisieme Grand, and Hans W. Vahlefeld, 100 Millionen Aussenseiter: die neue Weltmacht Japan have become best sellers in Japan as well as in the authors’ countries. Taken together, they gave an amazingly vivid picture of contemporary Japan up to the 60’s. No longer would the reader of these books find the lyricism of classic Japan so beautifully described by Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904), for instance, in his Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894). Nor would he be left with the impression that even Ruth F. Benedict’s (1887–1948) The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (1946) was still up-to-date. Japan has grown out of an old, exotic but poor land and become a modern, semi-Westernized and rich nation.
KeywordsPrivate Enterprise Liberal Democratic Party Asian Development Japanese Economy Labor Dispute
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