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By Janet Hunter

This enlightening textual content analyses the origins of Western lawsuits, general within the overdue 19th century, that Japan used to be characterized on the time via particularly low criteria of ‘commercial morality’, regardless of an immense political and financial transformation. As Britain industrialised in the course of the 19th century the problem of ‘commercial morality’ used to be more and more debated. issues approximately criteria of industrial ethics prolonged to different industrialising economies, resembling the us. Hunter examines the japanese reaction to the costs levelled opposed to Japan during this context, arguing that this was once formed via a practical reputation that Japan had little selection yet to conform itself to Western expectancies if it used to be to set up its place within the international financial system. the debate and criticisms, that have been no less than partially prompted through worry of jap festival, are very important within the historical past of considering on enterprise ethics, and are of relevance for today’s industrialising economies as they try and identify themselves in foreign markets.

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This group lacked ‘any broad conception of business’, and were ‘mere hucksters, taking a greater delight in the momentary gain of a few Yen than in the undertaking of a transaction likely to result in a steadily increasing trade to the tune of thousands’. 30 Diosy was clear that better education and exhortations to improvement were the long-term answer, but at the time of writing, institutions of commercial education were few, and most graduates went into large firms rather than small ones. Having said that, if one looked just at the domestic Japanese economy, there was widespread evidence of probity and high standards.

It is these two issues that will be considered in the final section of this chapter. THE COMMERCIAL MORALITY DISCOURSE IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT As indicated by the comment mentioned earlier about the impact of adulteration on the overseas reputation of Lancashire cotton goods, for many concerned with issues of fair dealing in business it was the damage that dishonesty did to national and individual reputations that was one of the main reasons not to engage in such dishonesty. 67 Honesty was, in effect, good business.

42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48.  19ff.  107.  127ff. Economist, 14/01/1868. Times, 6/11/1873. Times, 8/11/1873. Manchester Guardian, 7/04/1868. Times, 6/11/1873, 8/11/1873. Economist, 22/11/1884.  974. Economist, 14/01/1868. Economist, 14/01/1868.  1081. Manchester Guardian, 30/01/1868. Times, 31/01/1868. Times, 6/11/1873.  120. ‘Edward Fry on Commercial Morality’, Times, 5/12/1904. Fry was a Quaker, and a member of the Fry family prominent in the chocolate business. He lectured frequently during the 1890s and 1900s on the issue of commercial morality.

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