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Industrial Revolution Versus Industrious Revolution

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Author's conception of industrious revolution and industrial revolution is that they take different courses and contrast with one another. This chapter explains this idea in detail. In the period of high growth after the end of the war, a particular generation worked furiously to raise the level of the Japanese economy which had been severely lowered by wartime defeat, creating in the eyes of the world an image of industrious Japanese. Once the goal had been reached and criticism of excessive working hours grew, and as the trend toward a social welfare state came into view, the Japanese gradually came to be not so particularly devoted to work. What author says is that for one reason or another, the Japanese at one time became assiduous, and that at some point they will cease to be so. The chapter investigates when and for what reasons the Japanese became so industrious.

Keywords: excessive working hours; industrial revolution; industrious revolution; Japanese economy; social welfare



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