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There are several factors that influence the degree to which a given society will accept and adopt a new technology. The fact that Japanese companies, and not US companies, dominated the market for transistorized electronic products is a good example of which ones?

Among the several factors that influence the degree to which a given society will accept and adopt a new technology are the accumulation of sufficient capital to allow research and development and the existence of large consumer markets. There is vigorous debate as to whether it was the USA or Japan which led in developing transistors. Japan prioritized technology and national technological development before the USA did.

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Some of the factors that spurred the development of electronics technology in Japan before the US can be dated back to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Authority was centralized in Tokyo and, already in 1870, a ministry of technology was created. In the years to follow, government policies encouraged the accumulation of capital and acquisition of foreign technology. By the end of the First World War, the groundwork had been laid for the establishment of conglomerates, the "zaibatsu", such as Mitsubishi and Mitsui.

The Japanese economy rebounded spectacularly after World War II, and the production of electrical appliances grew rapidly. The country had progressively been...

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