Japan as Number One (Book Review)

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 10, Pg. 104-113

Document Type: Feature article


Japan is world champ in rate of growth of productivity of its economy — 10% a year compared with 0% currently for the U.S. Any of the reasons for this dramatically different economic performance are given in the outstanding 1979 book Japan as Number One, by Ezra Vogel of Harvard University. Some of those reasons are given in the titles of the sport articles that together constitute this long CIVIL ENGINEERING report; the titles are: Voracious Appetite for Information; Elite Corps of Bureaucrats Coordinate Efforts of National Government and Industry; Putting People Over Profits; Industry and Government—Partners Not Opponents; Decision-making by Root Binding; and Economic Policy Conceived to Build the Economy.

Subject Headings: Reviews | Economic factors | Public policy | Industries | Colleges and universities | Profits | Decision making | Vegetation | Japan | Asia

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