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Modern Japanese Economic Thought

Modern Japanese Economic Thought

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About the Book

Since the late-19th century, Japan has made remarkable strides in industrialization. Beginning with the economic vision of Miura Baien in the 18th century, and employing a detailed comparison with the West, this book delves into the economic thought of the scholars who played a pivotal role in Japan's modernization process.

The author takes Fukuzawa Yukichi's theory of 'civilization' as the standard measure of Japan's modernization and compares it with differing visions from various critics whose research focused on rural poverty and social problems, such as Maeda Masana, early socialists, Yanagita Kunio and Kawakami Hajime. Further, the book explores new liberalism (Ishibashi Tanzan, Fukuda Tokuzo) and Marxism (Yamada Moritaro, Uno Kozo) in the 1920s and 1930s. After discussing the dilemmas faced by economists during wartime (Takata Yasuma, Ryu Shintaro, Shibata Kei), the author concludes this intellectual history with the country's post-1945 democratic reforms and their early demise.

This book is valuable reading for students and researchers of Japan's intellectual history. However, due to the book's comparative perspective, as well as the universality of the modernization experience, it will also appeal to students and researchers of the history of economic thought and modern intellectual history.

About the Author:

Kiichiro Yagi is Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and Setsunan University, where he taught political economy and history of economic thought for over three decades. Thus, his research covers the theory of political economy and the history of economic thought, starting with Marxian economics and extending the scope of economic theory in the direction of evolutionary economics.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780367532932
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Height: 233 mm
  • No of Pages: 202
  • Series Title: Routledge Studies in the History of Economics
  • Weight: 5625 gr
  • ISBN-10: 036753293X
  • Publisher Date: 30 Dec 2022
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 0 mm
  • Width: 156 mm

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