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Japan became the first of the modern Asian countries to experience massive sustained economic growth. Japan had a lot going for it after the end of the war, it was able to rebuild with the help of the allies and go through its own modern industrial revolution. In the 1960’s japan was growing at a rate of 10% a year which for a national economy was unheard of at the time, this economic growth continued and japan was able to ride the wave of globalisation as the worlds low cost manufacturer. Japan developed a huge car industry, it was at the forefront of consumer electronics and was working meticulously to make sure that this new found wealth was being invested wisely into infrastructure like high speed rail, airports and metro systems that would make their economy even more efficient.

日本是第一个、经济持续高速增长的现代亚洲国家。战争结束以后,日本为此做出了很多努力,在盟友的帮助之下,它得以重建,完成了自己的现代工业革命。1960年代,日本的每年的增长速度达到了10%,在那个时候,一个国家的经济能实现这样的增长,是前所未闻的。这样的经济增速持续了多年,使得日本能够乘着全球化的浪潮,成为世界的低成本制造商。日本发展出了一个庞大的汽车工业,处于消费电子产品的前沿,工作也一丝不苟。为了使这些新财富保值,它们被明智地投资在了高铁、机场、地铁系统等基础设施上面,这又使得他们的经济变得更加高效。

At its peak there was so much wealth in japan that the real estate market of Tokyo had some pretty crazy anomalies. In the late 80’s it was estimated that the imperial palace covering an area of 3.4 square kilometres in central Tokyo had a real estate land value greater than all of the real estate in California. Of course, the imperial palace was never for sale and this was based of the cost per square feet in the area but it still should give a good idea of just how much money was washing around in Japan...

在日本财富的巅峰时刻,日本有太多的钱了,以致东京的房地产市场出现了一些非常疯狂的异象。在80年代后期,位于东京市中心的日本皇宫,占地面积3.4平方公里,它的土地价值,已经超过了加州所有房地产的市值。当然了,日本皇宫从来没出售过,这个价格只是基于那片地区每平方英尺的价格计算出来的,但这也很好地诠释了,当时的日本有多少的钱在流转……