Japan :

The Country


Cost of Living | Population | Economy | Currency | Geography | Mountains | Fukuoka | Tokyo | Kyoto | Osaka

Economy of Japan

Japan has developed itself from an agricultural economy to a highly diversified one within the last 50 years. Electronics, automobiles, shipping, etc have all become integral parts of Japans market, which is now the second largest in the world. While the last decade has been considered a lost one given Japan’s economic slowdown, it can be attributed to the population trying to catch up with Japan’s new status as an economic giant.

 

Toyota, Sony, and Nissan are all brand names in the USA now, however they are actually Japanese companies. With careful planning Japanese companies have taken the lead in many industries and their innovations are pushing the world forward in advanced technologies. Japan is a country of contrast though when considered with the western economies. Japan is a hierarchal society which tends to favor a very structured form of development as compared to its Western peers. Young Japanese are pushing the social boundaries to allow for greater innovation and creativity with mixed results.

 

Japan’s traditional industries have largely wound down as labor costs skyrocketed and the economy transformed into a technology based nation. Farming is practiced by only a few percent of the population and is considered an ageing group. When considering Japan’s geography you can see that because it is an island chain, it is very difficult to sustain the country on domestic production alone. Thus much of its food and raw materials are imported.

 

As an ESL teacher you may encounter some of the companies and their staff. Take the chance to learn more about them and how they operate. Do it objectively and take back some of the skills you learned when you return home. Make the most out of your teaching job in Asia.
 



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