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The Technologies of Desire

Simon Partner

in Assembled in Japan

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217928
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923171 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217928.003.0005
The Technologies of Desire

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This chapter explores the second key to prosperity—the importation of technology on a massive scale—and explains that although this took place across the board, the electrical goods industry was a particularly large buyer of foreign technology. It notes that in spite of the fact that imported electronics technologies made a negligible short-term contribution to the national mission of industrial recovery and export growth, electrical goods companies joined in an orgy of product and process technology acquisitions in order to bring the latest communications products to Japan. However, the chapter argues that this feast of technology represents only part of the story, and notes that Japanese companies had to create not only new products but also markets for them. It explains that toward that end, Japanese companies imported a wide range of production, management, and marketing techniques, a process at least as important as the importation of product technologies.

Keywords: importation of technology; electrical goods technology; foreign technology; industrial recovery; communications products; Japan; export growth

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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