Capitalism in Japan
The Japanese variant of capitalism cannot be readily or precisely copied, except perhaps by a few Asian countries, because it is rooted in a homogeneous, hierarchical society with a not so distant feudal past. Changes are slowly taking place, but disciplined workers still display an almost mystical loyalty to their companies, and paternalistic employers reciprocate by guaranteeing job …show more content…
Procedures for getting the public to support broad shifts in policy are built right into the political system. Though responsibility for overall economic policy rests with the Premier and his Cabinet, all government departments and agencies have policy study groups that range from a handful to 200 or more businessmen, scientists, lawyers, journalists, farmers and others. Usually, the outside advisers approve departmental actions, but sometimes policy initiatives are scrapped. Example: to help close a fiscal 1980 budget deficit, the Finance Ministry last autumn recommended a corporate tax increase. It was shelved when businessmen on the ministry's Tax System Deliberation Council convincingly argued that the move would stifle growth.
From the lowliest bureaucrat to executives in the boardroom,