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Preface And Historical Introduction To ‘A Social History Of Science And Technology In Contemporary Japan’

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In the 1990s, we Japanese came to a turning point in history after half a century of this particular course of development. Thus, it is a good time to examine the course of development and to consider the possible future of development with the wisdom of hindsight, without being distracted by the short-term ups and downs of the economic cycle. There is a widespread belief that the Second World War (WWII) was brought to an end by the atomic bombs. From such a perspective, history can be periodized according to the science and technology discovered, invented and employed during any given era. Thus, the post-war era is known as the atomic age. The four-sector approach should provide the 'official' perspective for our Social History Project, expecting it to be acceptable to all members. Within the scientific community, members present their research for debate, discussion and criticism by their colleagues.

Keywords: atomic age; four-sector approach; scientific community; Second World War (WWII); Social History Project



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