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Lessons from a Troubled Neighbor; lessons also for others who can learn, other than pretenders

12 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Yan Jiefu, Lessons from a Troubled Neighbor CaixinOnline

Japan’s rapid post-war growth that ended in years of stagnation serves as a mirror for China to reflect on its own economic model

China has looked to Japan for lessons in development for almost a century. Despite frictions between the two countries in modern history, China has long considered Japan as a model among developed nations.

Huang Zunxian, who served as a Counselor at the Chinese Embassy’s in Tokyo for the Qing Court between 1877 and 1882, discussed his observations on Japan’s geography, politics, society, culture and other aspects in his seminal work, Treaties of Japan, published in 1890. Huang is one of the pioneers who reintroduced Japan to the Chinese public after the Meiji Restoration, a revolution that restored imperial rule to Japan in 1868.

The Chinese were eager to learn from Japan’s success not only because of its remarkable achievements in modern times, but also because it was the only developed country in the East.
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