Japan's Motorcycle Wars

Japan's Motorcycle Wars

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For decades the crown jewels of Japan's postwar manufacturing industry, motorcycles remain one of Japan's top exports. Japan's Motorcycle Wars assesses the historical development and societal impact of the motorcycle industry, from the influence of motor sports on vehicle sales in the early 1900s to the postwar developments that led to the massive wave of motorization sweeping the Asia-Pacific region today. Jeffrey Alexander brings a wealth of information to light, providing English translations of transcripts, industry publications, and company histories that have until now been available only in Japanese. By exploring the industry as a whole, he reveals that Japan's motorcycle industry was characterized not by communitarian success but by misplaced loyalties, technical disasters, and brutal competition.In Ianuary 1945, Kawasaki was working on two versions of an updated model called the Ki-61-II, but only ninety-nine were ... In an effort to make use of 275 remaining airframes, Kawasakia#39;s engineers substituted the Mitsubishi Ha-112-II radial piston engine for the usual V-12 ... aircraft engines, Kawasakia#39;s engineers were a uniquely skilled group, but the production of small engines for agricultural useanbsp;...

Title:Japan's Motorcycle Wars
Author:Jeffrey W. Alexander
Publisher:UBC Press - 2009-01-01


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