For decades the crown jewels of Japan’s postwar manufacturing industry, motorcycles remain one of Japan’s top exports. Japan’s Motorcycle Wars assesses the historical development and societal impact of the motorcycle industry, from the influence of motor sports on vehicle sales in the early 1900s to the postwar developments that led to the massive wave of motorization sweeping the Asia-Pacific region today.
Jeffrey Alexander brings a wealth of information to light, providing English translations of transcripts, industry publications, and company histories that have until now been available only in Japanese. By exploring the industry as a whole, he reveals that Japan’s motorcycle industry was characterized not by communitarian success but by misplaced loyalties, technical disasters, and brutal competition.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reading this book is a revelation and a thrill. It is an excellent example of business history done right. Alexander's contribution here is thoroughly original; he gives us a rare look into the experiences of the losers as well as the winners in Japanese business. He will open the eyes of everyone in the field to the significance of the motorcycle industry on Japan's economic and technological development. (William Tsutsui, author of Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Indispensable material for the serious Japanese motorcycle historian. Well documented, excellent coverage, well written and covers material which is very hard to find. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mark bayer
I'm used to a book arriving within a week. This seemed to take several weeks. xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxxPublished on February 18, 2013 by Reader