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From the depths of despair to an international Giant - Japan's Struggle To The Top

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From the depths of despair to an international Giant - Japan's Struggle To The Top From the 1880's, Japan had been advancing in technology at a rapid rate, it was only when the Second World War came in 1939 and the atomic bombs were dropped by the Americans in 1945 that Japan's industry was mightily crushed. The loos of lives, structures and money amounted to well in the millions and many Japanese people were left in poverty with disease and radiation sickness. It looked as if Japan was at a dead end with nowhere to go and with no one to help them out of the mess they were in. They had lost the war and so had their allies (Germany etc) so how did they hoist themselves out of moral and physical and psychological depression and become the industry giant that they are today? When Japan had been defeated, the Allies (England, America etc) thought that it was the end of Japan and it's ever growing success in industry. Maybe this gave Japan an edge; the fact that the Allies thought that Japan wouldn't be able to get back on their feet again gave them a false sense of security. The Allies thought that they wouldn't have to be competing in technology any more so this left Japan to work as hard and efficient as it liked without the interference of Western countries. ...read more.

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So they suddenly decided to drop the reparations that Japan were still paying to them and help them to rebuild their country. This would have been a big help for Japan since America was leading the world's economy at the time. In 1950, America and North Korea went to war many Japanese people saw it as a God send because many jobs were created when the Japanese began to make arms and military equipment for the American war effort. Steel rods, barbed wire and fences were also made which were all linked to making Japan a success. The money that Japan received from the Americans when they bought Japan's equipment helped to boost stock markets in Japan and therefore help Japan to get back on to it's feet and well on track for becoming a successful country. In the 1950's Japan had climbed its way up to the 15th richest country in the world. A main reason why Japan became successful is that they went to leading technological countries (America, western countries etc) and found out how their technology worked. After looking around for the most suitable and effective method, they would use it in their own country. For instance, Japan 'stole' methods of producing steel from America and they got ideas for making ships from England (the leading ship builders at the time). ...read more.

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Japan soon found that they had taken up all of the land they had, so they decided to reclaim some back. They pumped water out of an area and filled it with earth and concrete making artificial land. Maybe it's because the Japanese had such determined minds, and the will to overcome any obstacle that made them so successful. Steel companies had been growing at a remarkable rate ever since the new techniques were brought in. So they were always looking for new areas to build bigger and better steel works than before. The government issued special bonuses for whichever steel factory created the steel quickest. Through implementing these new methods, the Japanese steel market boomed. America's management skills had been excellent for a long time, but it was only in the late 1950's when Japan hired American management personnel to help them with their management problems. The bosses and personnel managers of steel companies were given special training by these American management consultants in the hope that they could implement what they had been told on their courses. They were given exams and a good result would be a good result for the company. I think that on the whole, the Japanese people were determined, resourceful and astute. Combined with the fact that they had such disciplinary skills, Japan certainly deserve to be where they are now. ...read more.

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