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Confucian Capitalism and the Search for Economic Prosperity and Social Harmony in Early Twentieth-Century Japan

  • John H. Sagers
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Abstract

With his retirement from active management, Shibusawa Eiichi devoted his attention to promoting his ideas of Confucian capitalism, which he called achieving the “unity of morality and economy” (dotoku keizai goitsu) through the Dragon Gate Society (Ryumonsha). In the 1910s and 1920s, his ideas were published as The Analects and the Abacus (Rongo to Soroban) and Lectures on the Analects (Rongo Kogi). Shibusawa also contributed to philanthropic work and participated in organizations like the “Cooperation Society” (Kyochokai) to resolve conflicts between management and labor that became particularly acute in the years after the First World War.

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  • John H. Sagers
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  1. 1.Linfield CollegeMcMinnvilleUSA

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