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The United States Technical Assistance Programme in Japan, 1955-62


  • Nick Tiratsoo


In the seven years after 1955, the American government provided Japan with a substantial amount of technical assistance. This article examines the origins of the US programme, describes its scope and assesses what it actually achieved on the ground in Japan. The conclusion offered is that, though a few American prescriptions were certainly rejected, the programme as a whole had a profound impact on Japanese practices, particularly in relation to the vital question of industrial engineering. Indeed, it would appear that an understanding of the Japanese economic miracle is incomplete unless it takes this fact fully into account.

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  • Nick Tiratsoo, 2000. "The United States Technical Assistance Programme in Japan, 1955-62," Business History, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(4), pages 117-136.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bushst:v:42:y:2000:i:4:p:117-136
    DOI: 10.1080/00076790000000304

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