Marxism almost missed its mark with Japan, the fifth largest capitalist democracy in the world. Yet, Japan dabbled with marxism enough to become quite different from America.
I spent time in Tokyo during my early professional life. Just like back then, Japan’s economic engine roars again today. However, it remains a society ruled by collectivism and shared growth.
I can’t name more than a few individual successes in Japan, yet I can’t stop thinking about hundreds of Japanese companies flourishing worldwide. In America, personal success often trumps collective excellence in the name of corporations. Success is known here person-by-person. In Japan, corporate logos built their reputations brick by brick.
Japan almost became China in the 1960s. Only the halls of academia retain Japan’s Marxist past, as told by Professor Gavin Walker. Fascinating interview: link