What was going on in Japan in the 1960s?

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Japan experienced rapid change during the 1960s, just as much of the rest of the world did. During this pivotal decade, the Japanese economy continued its rapid development, becoming one of the world's strongest. A key component of the so-called Japanese economic miracle was the country's thriving export markets. Japanese...

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Japan experienced rapid change during the 1960s, just as much of the rest of the world did. During this pivotal decade, the Japanese economy continued its rapid development, becoming one of the world's strongest. A key component of the so-called Japanese economic miracle was the country's thriving export markets. Japanese consumer goods, especially electronics, were exported all over the world. In the West, especially, Japanese electronics became a familiar sight in shops and stores (they remain so to this day). In addition, the Japanese reputation for technological advancement was cemented by the introduction of the high-speed bullet train network.

In the first full decade of post-occupation Japan, the country became more integrated into the international community. A symbol of Japan's greater openness to the wider world came with Tokyo's hosting of the Summer Olympics in 1964. Japan also developed closer relations with its near neighbor South Korea, which the Japanese had conquered and occupied during World War II. In 1965, Japan and South Korea signed the Treaty on Basic Relations that normalized diplomatic relations between the former enemies.

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