Japan, its History, Values, and Technology

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Japan and the U.S. Compared

JAPANUNITED STATES
147,500 square miles (somewhat smaller than California)3,618,770 square miles
119,200,000 population (1982)234,250,000 population (1982)
811 inhabitants/square mile64 inhabitants/square mile
76% urban79% urban
GNP $1.0 trillion (1982)GNP $2.6 trillion (1982)
National Budget $190 billion (1982)National Budget $700 billion (1982)

In latitude, Japan extends roughly between the latitudes of:


Some key aspects of Japanese values


The Formation of Japan

300 B.C.-300 A.D. YAYOI culture

300-710 YAMATO period

710-794 NARA period

794-1185 HEIAN or FUJIWARE period


Feudal Japan

1185-1333 KAMAKURA period

1333-1568

1568-1600 Reunification

1543-1639 Period of initial European contact

Terminated when shoguns feared the rising influence of Europeans, especially Christianity.

1600-1868 TOKUGAWA period


Japan Becomes A World Power

1853 Commodore Perry visits Japan

1868-1912 MEIJI period

Rapid modernization and adaptation of European and American technology

Japan in the Twentieth Century

1941-1945 World War II

1945-1952 Military Occupation


Resonances between Japanese and Anglo-American values

Most Westerners are struck by the differences between Japan and the West. Very few notice the similarities.

Return to Outline Index

Return to Professor Dutch's Home Page

Created 22 May 1997
Last Update 22 May 1997

Not an official UW Green Bay site