The Ethical Entrepreneur as a Servant of Japan’s National Interest

  • John H. Sagers
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


From the 1870s, Japanese reformers looked to Europe and America for models of political, economic, and social institutions to adapt for use in Japan. As head of Dai-Ichi Bank, Shibusawa Eiichi helped organize and finance enterprises in many different industries. Shibusawa also promoted the business leader (jitsugyoka) as a new character in Japanese society. In contrast to the unscrupulous Tokugawa-era merchant, domineering government official, or closed family business groups known as zaibatsu, Shibusawa’s ideal business leader was entrepreneurial, ethical, and devoted to public service.


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  • John H. Sagers
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  1. 1.Linfield CollegeMcMinnvilleUSA

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