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Assembled in JapanElectrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer$
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Simon Partner

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520217928

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520217928.001.0001

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Nimble Fingers

Nimble Fingers

The Story of the Transistor Radio

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Assembled in Japan

Simon Partner

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the final key to prosperity: the cheap labor of the underprivileged classes, particularly young women. It explains that cheap labor was Japan's traditional advantage in the national marketplace, and was surprisingly appropriate to the manufacture of “high-tech” goods such as radios and televisions. The chapter explains that cheap labor lay behind Japan's first great export success in the electrical goods industry: the portable transistor radio.

Keywords:   cheap labor, marketplace, high-tech goods, radios, televisions, portable transistor radio

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