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Douglas MacArthur

Indophile
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9/8/2011 12:48:33 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
"General Douglas MacArthur, who led the US occupation of Japan after the end of World War II, actively encouraged unionisation of the workforce, so as to guard against Japan's return to militarism. By 1947, 48% of the non-agricultural workforce had been unionised, thanks to his strenuous efforts. Coupled with extensive land reforms, this piece of social engineering helped relaunch Japan as a miracle economy."

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9/8/2011 12:52:33 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/8/2011 12:48:33 PM, Indophile wrote:
"General Douglas MacArthur, who led the US occupation of Japan after the end of World War II, actively encouraged unionisation of the workforce, so as to guard against Japan's return to militarism. By 1947, 48% of the non-agricultural workforce had been unionised, thanks to his strenuous efforts. Coupled with extensive land reforms, this piece of social engineering helped relaunch Japan as a miracle economy."

Discuss.

That, coupled with the fact that the US was providing military protection to them, so they did not need to support their own military funding. This allows them to have more economic stimulus programs, with lower taxes, both helpful to the economy.

Ultimately, had they needed to provide their own military budget, I don't know if they could have held under the strain of all that.
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