4.11 Japan and Economics in Asia

4.11 Japan and Economics in Asia - analogous to the...

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April 11, 2011 Weberian Stuff in non-Protestant Countries Review Session in Tech L361 Tuesday 5 and 6 Japan Fast Facts: GDP: $5 trillion Population: 127 million GDP per capita: $39,727 Conclusion: REALLY RICH. Definitely most economically advanced in Asia. What explains Japan? -Could it be technology? -Could it be religion? -Could it be class? Class Tokugawa Shogunate (1803-1868) Epitome of feudalism in Japan. There were 4 classes: samurai, farmers, artisans and merchants. The country is isolationist but that changed toward end of this 19 th century. Meiji Restoration (1868-1912) (equivalent of French Revolution) 1854-Perry “opens” Japan 1868-Charter Oath 1889-Consitution 1890-Diet meets 1905-Japan defeats Russia 1912-Emperor passes Was Meiji Restoration a bourgeois revolution? Perhaps the revolting samurai who helped the Emperor overthrow the shogunate played a role
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Unformatted text preview: analogous to the bourgeoisie in the French Revolution. However, the samurai were actually destroyed as a class during the Meiji Restoration (the feudal order was broken apart). Robert Bellah Tokugawa Religion-analyzed feudal life of Japan and see if there is an analogy to the Protestant Ethic in Japan. Shinkagu was to the rise of Japanese capitalism what the Protestant ethic was to the rise of “sober bourgeois capitalism”. Japan was the first Asian capitalism because there was a Protestant Ethic equivalent. Shunkagu emphasized making profit by the merchant class. It required diligence and frugality and respect for law, loyalty to superiors and thrift in this world....
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