Japanese Involvement in Third World Development: A study of a Japanese Development Project in the Dominican Republic
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This S.I.P. relates to the the significance which Japan has in the world today. In the present world situation, Japan plays a major role as an economic power, is an excellent example of incredibly successful development, and is increasing its involvement in Third World development. The magnitude of Japan's role as a major influence can be easily seen in today's popular periodicals. Time, Newsweek, Inc., and the Atlantic all regularly carry articles on Japan and the Japanese. The sentiment in the United States towards the Japanese has in the past been very negative, and at times still remains less than positive (e.g. trade difficulties). In recent years though, there has been a general trend to be more accepting of the Japanese, possibly because of their tremendous economic strength. I was with the project for eight weeks (time constraints due to the K-plan). Not being a civil engineer made my participation in the actual workings of the project limited. My inadequate Spanish was also a limiting factor. Being in the city of Nagua, one of the poorest sections of the country was also a factor in my inability to acquire external information. My largest source of such information were those periodicals mentioned earlier. This lack of extra sources did not however affect the exposure which I had to this Japanese development project. Through sources in the office I was able to research the planning process for the on-going construction in the El Pozo section of the project, as well as the planning of the next proposed section in Aguacate. And being a sociology major, my studies did not necessarily end with the working day. I lived with the Japanese in the Hotel Samaritana, and was able to become friends with the Japanese, as well as the Dominican, staff of the project.
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