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By Peter von Staden

For the enterprise and govt courting in Japan, the pre-war interval used to be an period of substantial switch. Framed by way of Japan’s nation-building efforts, the connection tailored and advanced with the customarily fluid fiscal and political conditions. As either enterprise and govt had vested pursuits within the course and luck of Japan’s industrialization approach, on one point they grew to become companions. whilst, although, they have been either stakeholders within the fiercely aggressive iron and metal undefined. This publication explores how that partner-competitor courting labored in the course of the amalgamation of this strategic from 1916 to 1934, demonstrating how either events engaged in significant negotiation during the open discussion board of the Shingikai - or Councils of Deliberation - in the course of the pre-war interval. Drawing upon the unique mins of the debates, it indicates the ways that the individuals defended their vested pursuits and sought to forge contract, taking the discussion board heavily as a way of influencing results, and never easily as a trifling workout of artifice deployed to shroud the true locus of decision-making. Business-Government kinfolk in Prewar Japan is a crucial contribution to the literature at the courting among executive and company in pre-war Japan.

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If the economic turmoil of the 1920s contributed to strengthening the military hand, then the combined impact of what is known as the May 15 Incident of 1932, followed two years later by the Teijin Scandal and the military uprising on 26 February 1936, brought a more palpable military presence to the fore in political decision making. Among 22 Historical legacy, learning, independence others, the assassinations of Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi in May 1932 and of Finance Minister Takahashi Korekiyo in 1936 by disgruntled military members engendered fears for those within government and the business community who contemplated tilting against prevailing trends.

How it decides which channel to use, the factors that shaped decision making and whether experience informed the process are underexplored aspects of this relationship. Striking a different balance Regardless of the criticisms that have been levelled at Johnson’s thesis, his work has forced us to rethink the extent to which government can shape and direct the economy. Certainly, business is not a passive agent in the relationship, and to the extent that business is discussed, Johnson does make clear that government could not direct business like pawns on a chessboard.

15 This is not to say that the emperor did not try to influence policy by other means. 16 The situation was different in the case of the Taisho Emperor. 17 The greater latitude this development afforded was not fully exercised by the Emperor Taisho, as he suffered from both mental and physical illness. This led to the then Crown Prince Hirohito, later the Showa Emperor, being appointed Regent in 1921. However, ‘It should be appreciated … that no emperor could exert imperial influence autonomously.

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