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Ashes to Awesome

Ashes to Awesome

Japan's 6,000-Day Economic Miracle

Yoshikawa Hiroshi
Translated by Fred Uleman

Published Titles / Business & Economics


Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-175-0 (Hardcover) | 204 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2021

About the Book

Considered a miracle at the time, Japan’s emergence from devastation to become the world’s second-largest economy less than two dozen years after the disaster of wartime defeat has been widely commented upon and analyzed. Yet all too many scholars posit Japan as an exceptional case that defies repeating.

In this eminently readable survey, one of Japan’s foremost macroeconomists looks back at the rapid-growth years and how they revolutionized Japanese life, for better and for worse, and explains how latent demand, population mobility, productivity improvements, and other non-unique factors converged to generate the growth. At the same time, he frankly acknowledges the less-remarked downside of this transformation. Household appliances proliferated, but so did pollution. Urban development was spectacular, but so was the loss of community and history. Massive urbanization provided workers for the industrial ramp-up but also drained farming communities and their traditions. It was a decidedly mixed bag, and Yoshikawa goes beyond the economics to lay it all out in easily understandable prose augmented by over two score of tables, figures, and photos. This is a personal story about more than Japan—a tale that resonates for all economies at all stages of development.

About the Author


Yoshikawa Hiroshi is the president of Rissho University. He was Born in Tokyo in 1951, received his B.A. from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Economics and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He was a professor at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Economics.




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