Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

how did japan change after world war 2?

how did japan change after world war 2

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Japan was the only Asian country that successfully industrialized in the 19th century following up to WW2. Most of Japan's industry was bombed out during WW2, but they still maintained the technological advancements of modern industry taught to them by numerous European and American advisors and companies. For Japan Post-WW2, it was only a matter of time before it picked up to become a global player in manufacturing and capital markets. However the significant changes that occured was the limiting of the emperor's power into a semi constitutional monarchy, Japan modelled its system of democracy after the West's. Japans post WW2 industry was successfully in converting from wartime production(i.e tanks, planes, ships) into building capital equipment like bulldozers, cars,fridges, houses, tankers etc. The growth of the Japanese economy didn't hit its current apex until the 1970's, the political and sociological progress followed the economy in Japan. Now there was a Japanese Middle class, as for their grandparents that were born in the late 1800's, Japan was still very much a closes, semi-feudal society based on economic inequality. With a strong middle class defined by a consumer economy Politics became more cosmopolitan and more accountable, the strength of democracy ALWAYS lies in the middle class. Given Japan's geographical position in the world it is strategically located but resource deprived. Japan has little iron, coal, and energy resources which makes Japan at the mercy of international markets. This is why Japanese culture is based on quality, ingenuity and efficiency...because they don't have 1000's of tonnes of resources to waste. This is why their cars are more fuel efficient, higher quality etc, because they cant build the same car twice. This cultural work ethic spawned a number of successful industries in Japan, like microtechnology, robotics, modern management etc. Japan modernized like the rest of the industrial world, the only difference between Japan and America/France/Canada/UK is that Japan still has a tremendous amount of cultural difference that didnt fuse with modernization, like Shinto, dedicating time to perfection etc. The only nation I can compare to Japan would be Germany, both have similar size of country and resources; however, its the people that make a country work not the country. This is why Germany and Japan have some of the strongest economies in the world and have both reclaimed their post WW2 stance as superpowers(it doesnt matter how many times they lose their culture wins).

    Source(s): brain goo
  • Meghan
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    #1. Japan was no longer ruled by the Emperor. He became only a figure head. #2. Japan became a democratic country. #3. Japan began to interact economically with many other countries. #4. Japan's manufacturing switched to non military goods, which later on were sold around the world. #5. Japanese citizens were exposed by way of television, to other cultures, and found that they wanted to have the goods and services they saw being enjoyed in other countries. Hope this helps.....

  • 4 years ago

    Japan became a slave to U.S since after the war and it's continuing. Japan lost lot's of tradition, culture, and political independence.

    Source(s): Japanese
  • 1 decade ago

    Their government was completely changed by the US. They got a new democratic government and did away with the Emperor. Their new constitution also forbid them from using their military for anything but defense and forbid them to build aircraft carriers.

    They also got a huge amount of money, equipment, and expertise from the US for rebuilding their economic base after the war.

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