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Technology and Industrial Development in JapanBuilding Capabilities by Learning, Innovation and Public Policy$
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Hiroyuki Odagiri and Akira Goto

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288022.001.0001

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Electrical and Communications Equipment

Electrical and Communications Equipment

(p.155) 8 Electrical and Communications Equipment
Technology and Industrial Development in Japan

Hiroyuki Odagiri

Akira Goto

Oxford University Press

The electrical and communications equipment industry is one of the biggest industries in Japan today. This industry is an ideal example of how Japan was able to efficiently use technology imported from Western countries and how these were effectively combined with local technology. The chapter identifies two factors contributing to the effectiveness of the combination of imported and local technology. The first is the sophisticated craft skills and technological knowledge in machine engineering. The second is timing. Japan lagged behind America and Europe in terms of technology in the late 19th century but they were able to cope through reverse-engineering.

Keywords:   electrical equipment, communications equipment, imported technology, reverse-engineering, machine engineering

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