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The Role of Tradition in Japan's IndustrializationAnother Path to Industrialization$
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Masayuki Tanimoto

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198292740.001.0001

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The Humble Origins of Modern Japan's Machine Industry

The Humble Origins of Modern Japan's Machine Industry

(p.140) 6 The Humble Origins of Modern Japan's Machine Industry
The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Jun Suzuki

Oxford University Press

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

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