Is Japan's cultural experience relevant for Africa's development?

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Japan broke a new path of modernization when it became the first successfully-industrialized nation in the non-Western world. Therefore Japan's modernization experience has a wider relevance for Africa and beyond. The objective of this paper is, however, to single out and discuss only the role of cultural factors in the process and then consider the implications for Africa's development. A conclusion is then drawn - that is, Japan's historical experience strongly suggests that Africa's own cultures have a greater relevance for Africa's development. What does this mean, and why is it so? The paper addresses these questions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-664
Number of pages36
JournalAfrican and Asian Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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