Made in Japan (Routledge Library Editions: Japan)

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Other multimillion dollar debacles include the magnetically levitated train, micromachines robotic devices with tiny silicon gears , and high-definition analog television. Those failures make the country appear likely to remain a brilliant follower, synthesizing and improving upon the work of others but struggling to make big leaps of invention on its own.

As they explain the inner workings of Japanese institutions, the books reviewed here concentrate on deeper flaws. But the bureaucracy also fosters rigid thinking. MITI and other agencies have a hard time terminating projects, even clear failures. That is a difficult and time-consuming process.

Regardless of the merit of their ideas, those bureaucrats are accustomed to waiting years for their turn to pursue a pet project, which they jealously guard. In the kaisha, managers must work within a similar arena of formality and idiosyncrasy. Yoshimura and Anderson, who wrote their book to explain the seemingly contradictory behavior that often confuses Westerners, go on at length about the consequences of behavior based on imitation rather than established principles.

While the Japanese compulsion to copy and compete has served their companies well, it has also led to some remarkably inefficient, even ruinous, behavior. What appears to be attention to customer needs, for example, can prove to be no more than extreme variety and senseless turnover of products. As Inside the Kaisha describes in bleak detail, there is a blindness operating behind Japanese business imperatives. Rather than pursue a clear goal or vision, Japanese organizations often myopically focus on what they view as the correct model, process, or attitude: keeping up with rivals or maintaining market share, for example.

They excel at improving efficiency but usually only with incremental steps. Obsessed with avoiding embarrassment, managers often accept repeated failure rather than risk even considering a novel solution to a problem. Japanese managers have other ways of putting up a good front. The apparent effort to formulate a long-term vision, say the authors, is largely an empty exercise, carried out mainly to reassure customers, suppliers, and partners.

When results are obviously below par—when earnings are too low or high-tech projects fail to pan out—members of a kaisha can deflect embarrassment by claiming that a visionary logic lies behind their mistakes. And the much-admired boldness that many salarymen appear to exhibit when pursuing a course that makes little sense to outsiders usually reflects the mentality of a blind follower. Indeed, with the weight of long-established routine still controlling government and business, the Japanese economy continues to operate like an export Frankenstein—even though the logic of the rising producer state makes less and less sense.

Yet politicians in Japan appear unwilling, or perhaps unable, to chart a new course. Now that Japanese companies have become immensely rich, public opinion is beginning to demand payback for consumers. The Cold War regime, which discouraged political and cultural pluralism as well as the development of individuality, is losing favor.

Even some seemingly beneficial aspects of Japanese employment have had serious human costs and finally are being questioned.

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Once a salaryman is inside a kaisha, it is almost impossible to leave the company without loss of social standing. Because advancement is rigidly correlated with seniority, there is virtually no starting over; if a salaryman makes a lateral move to another company, it is considered a step down unless he is prepared to suffer the ostracism often associated with joining a foreign-owned company. Most of the training that salarymen receive amounts to learning the corporate rituals and customs they need to become inside operators.

Such training is useless outside the hermetic culture of a specific company. Although these grim observations and interpretations may seem difficult to believe, they ring true to those who have lived in Japan for extended periods. Having spent almost two years there, I well remember the exhausted faces of subway riders as they returned home late in over-crowded subway cars.