Chapter

Nimble Fingers

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/9780520217928.003.0007
Nimble Fingers

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This chapter focuses on the final key to prosperity: the cheap labor of the underprivileged classes, particularly young women. It explains that cheap labor was Japan's traditional advantage in the national marketplace, and was surprisingly appropriate to the manufacture of “high-tech” goods such as radios and televisions. The chapter explains that cheap labor lay behind Japan's first great export success in the electrical goods industry: the portable transistor radio.

Keywords: cheap labor; marketplace; high-tech goods; radios; televisions; portable transistor radio

Chapter.  12202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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