Impact of Globalization in Japan

The term globalization is used to refer the phenomena involving some sweeping changes that are taking place worldwide based on commonly accepted values, beliefs, political movement, trends and views. There are no more physical boundaries between countries, people now are becoming more aware of the world around them and they are more connected than ever before.

Japan is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government ad densely populated – it is the eight most population in the world – its major religions are Shintoism and Budhism.

However, Japan and the Japanese people have not escaped from the effects of globalization. Beside of its historical position as a closed nation during the Tokugawa Period (1600-1867), Japan has adapted over the years to the demands and expectations of that phenomena and developed its own place in the international community.

Between the 12th century until the mid 19th century, Japan was a feudal society dominated by military leaders known as Shoguns. In 1867, when the Emperor Meiji took the direct control of the country, after a long period of an international isolation, Japan began a period of modernization and the Western trade started to influence the development of the country.

Along with this new phase of Japanese history, the country begins to pursuit an of overseas empire, a legacy that still effects the relations of Japan and it is neighbours to this day.

After the devastation of the Second World War Japan has achieved a remarkable growth and becoming the third largest economy in the world. Its economy has raised the standard of the Japanese people and its income is more evenly distributed than in the United State.

In 1990s, the period of stagnant economic growth and faltering markets, Japan was forced to do some reforms on its labor model and to integrate the American economic style principles, which led to a less regulation, more privatization and remuneration systems that are increasingly governed by merit rather than fairness.

Another impact that globalization has in Japanese’s life, is the adoption of the English as the main company language. With this decision, Japan companies would be able to gain more markets and access to a higher quality employee pool.

Globalization has been an ongoing process in the modern world and Japan has permeated this process on its on way and became an important agent of globalization in the international community.

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4 comentários sobre “Impact of Globalization in Japan

  1. I think this blog has provided the information on how important it is to be globalized to survive in this competetive world, as mentioned in the post Japan was not open for the international market in during 12th to 19 century but later in 1867 it adopted the modernazation and western trade which flourished the economy of the counrty. Today we can see Japan is one of the most leading and important country in the globalized trade and investment. Moreover the video suggest the importance of english language, which is the official language in half of the world and Japan has embeded itself in english language limiting its national language. Here we can see the power of globalization. But I realized a question as Japan has become one of the important agent in international community and doing everything to sustain, what about the social and cultural life as we see Japan is shrinking in its young age group and limitation of their national language, the demerits of globalization???

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  2. As a nation, it’s admirable to see how Japan stand-up as a nation to overcome the devastation of World war 2. And after the economic reformation, we can see Japan has been able to become to become the world’s 3rd largest economy due to embracing globalization model. However, I always thought Japan was doing business in their native language.It was an eye opener to know that they have shifted from it and adjusted to become more globally connected to the world. I believe both the country and rest of the world will have a positive reciprocity effect because of this little change itself.

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  3. Japan has definitely solidified itself as a world economic power. Japan is one the countries that has most benefited from globalization. What I found interesting was Japan has a more equal distribution of wealth than the United States. I think it is common amongst extremely globalized countries for the distribution of wealth to be unequal. In most countries there is a clear distinction between the poor and the rich. However it seems as if Japan’s wealth is almost homogenous. I believe that this homogeny can be attributed to their strong business sector. Due to globalization’s overly positive impact on Japan, I am interested in seeing if there is any negative aspects. Look forward to reading your blog throughout the semester.

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  4. Great first posting! I think you are correct about the way that the closing of Japan in earlier periods solidified their identity, but I was a bit confused by this line: “which led to a less regulation, more privatization and remuneration systems that are increasingly governed by merit rather than fairness” I though a meritocracy was a system whereby jobs or positions are given based on exhibited skills, which seems “fair” to me. What is the difference between merit and fairness?


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