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Only able to do this by careful and thorough social organization

Feudal approach works for uneducated, or agrarian, populations and for groups under pressure of survival (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs)

Precedent set over hundreds of years is one that Japan reverts to when under pressure

Because rule is by fiat of the Lord, the rules are unspoken Thus the population must learn the rules to survive and succeed

The rules are not based on educated fairness, but the rather, the will of the Lord – and change with new generations of Lords

Politics between Lords is normal (Itochu experience), those who lose are banished

The Feudal Mind

To understand Japanese business, understand feudalism

Castes

  • Lords, warriors, farmers, merchants, burakumin

Japan supported population of 15m in 1500 (3rd

most dense)

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