Purposeful Preservation of Shibusawa Eiichi’s Legacy
The chapter focuses on efforts to keep Shibusawa Eiichi’s message of Confucian capitalism in public discourse. Eiichi’s grandson Shibusawa Keizo had a scholarly interest in cultural preservation, which contributed greatly to the collection and publication of Eiichi’s papers. The Dragon Gate Society (Ryumonsha), later renamed the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, maintains a museum and organizes seminars devoted to discussions of business ethics. Critics argue that the “Japan, Inc.” model of Japanese capitalism that Shibusawa helped create has now become an obstacle to progress. However, Shibusawa’s optimistic strategy of building networks of talented and innovative entrepreneurs with an ethical sense of mission is still attractive to those who hope to bring about needed reforms in both politics and business.
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