This chapter explains the emergence of the Japanese electrical goods industry, and explains that this industrial growth was part of a continuum stretching back to the beginning of Japan's modern history. Japanese leaders unwaveringly supported the development of electronics and communications technologies. The chapter also clarifies four major themes that brought prosperity to business leaders and entrepreneurs: media, technology, domestic market, and low-cost labor. It furthermore discusses the factors that set the postwar period apart from the prewar, and explores the various paradoxes experienced by the Japanese people during this period. The chapter evaluates the role of the Japanese government in the postwar Japanese economy and examines the significance of electrical goods in Japan's postwar history.
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