|Globalization in the 21st century is tied to Japanese identity. This paper will discuss the historical context in which globalization has become important to the experience of Japan and then examine the response that Japan as a nation has had to the phenomenon--which, despite evidence of the country's resistance to it, continues to unfold, to the benefit of many industrialized countries and ultimately to Japan's cost.
After World War II, Japan was vanquished, and what had been an imperialist economy was transformed into a capitalist system. The fact of that transformation was dominated by an internal shift from a defeated military empire into a superior force in international economics. Japanese politics appeared to stabilize as well, transforming from an imperialist, expansionist fascist police state to a government engaged in economic development and the c