Japan: Understanding the postwar agility

Japan: Understanding the postwar agility

Amongst the many nations taking part in the second world war, the most devastatingly ravished by the aftermaths of the cruel war was Japan. The economy of Japan which was ravaged by the ruins postwar quickly rose from the ashes after World War 2. Japan was known to lag behind many of the countries in the west, which had already made insurmountable amounts of technological and industrial advances back then. Due to a lack of proper resources and basically wrong allocation of resources, the Japanese people had been lagging behind majorly. However post world war 2, it can be safely deemed as a national extension catch-up period for Japan, to help the economy flourish and grow. Japan had a classical backward economy, with no basic population grids and a severe lack of industrial experience and estates. The Japanese had two basic norms- the prewar civil code and the postwar civil code. Earlier they used to accommodate themselves according to the prewar civil code which followed strict patriarchal rules. The father of the family chose the eldest son to engage in agricultural activities. This was the case always and the main reason why the economy slacked off. Due to the lack of agricultural resources and farming being a non-yielding and non-profitable sector, it contributed to large losses for the economy of the country. Past the war, the civil code changed drastically. More and more importance was laid upon the other resources- human resources. This was the major turning point for Japan, as it concentrated more upon polishing the already existing human resources in the country in order to help it reform and remodel the country’s economic landscape. The growth had started! With improvising and adapting the industrial culture from the west, Japan now aimed at sharpening the youth and educating them with the latest upcoming and in the western world, and imitate their economic pyramids. 

The reallocation of the resources from the farming sector to the more promising urban sector was the best move Japanese people ever made- and it wasn’t just an individual move. The whole government and the people were in it together, helping the nation realize its potential and grow from rags to riches. 

Japan now is one of the most developed nations in Asia and poses tough competition to the West. The city of Tokyo is super clean and tidy, organized, and bustling with people having a decent population scale. The Asian countries, which are developing at a fast pace, must take cues from Japan and inculcate those values in order to grow progressively as a nation. 


Aroona Banerjie

Aroona Banerjie

Aiming to grow at the speed of a thought.

Aroona Banerjie

Aiming to grow at the speed of a thought.

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