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The Development of Traditional Industries in Modern Japan: A Statistical Exposition

Takanori Matsumoto

in The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198292746
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292740.003.0002

Series: Japanese Studies in Economic and Social History Series

 The Development of Traditional Industries in Modern Japan: A Statistical Exposition

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This chapter assesses the quantitative position of ‘traditional’ industries in the economy. Traditional industry — which accounted for the largest number of gainfully occupied workers — developed steadily in the modern era and continued to provide opportunities to workers that were not absorbed by the modern industrial sector. The role of the traditional commerce and service industries is emphasized, which functioned as a ‘buffer’ for economic fluctuations. The regional diversity of these industries is also analyzed using the statistical method of principal component analysis.

Keywords: traditional industry; gainfully occupied worker; commerce; service industry; buffer; regional diversity; principal component analysis

Chapter.  7963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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