The Humble Origins of Modern Japan's Machine Industry

Jun Suzuki

in The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198292746
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603891 | DOI:

Series: Japanese Studies in Economic and Social History Series

 The Humble Origins of Modern Japan's Machine Industry

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This chapter discusses the importance of artisan workshops in the development of the machine manufacturing industry. Silk-reeling and coal mining, which played the significant role in Japan’s industrialization, depended on these workshops with low priced boilers and pumps. This association is an example of the way positive linkages worked between small-scale production and leading export-oriented industries. Similar interconnections contributed to the establishment of modern machine manufacturing factories by providing training for skilled workers and forming markets for machinery.

Keywords: artisan; workshop; machine manufacturing industry; silk-reeling; coal mining; boiler; pump; skilled worker; machinery

Chapter.  7240 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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