Heritage Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

A Lecture by Koko Kato

Friday, March 9th 2018 at 3:30PM
Azrieli Theatre 102, Carleton University


Japan achieved rapid industrialization from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries. While the initial phase involved trial and error experimentation of Western examples, Japan achieved full-blown industrialization by the late Meiji period through importation and active adaptation of Western technology and expertise that best suit local needs and social traditions. By overviewing an ensemble of industrial heritage sites from this unique period in world history, this lecture examines how Japan became the first non-Western industrialized nation in just a little over 50 years, all without colonization and on its own terms.

Ms. Koko Kato is a Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japan. She has a Master’s degree on Community and Regional Planning Program from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and
researches domestic and international industrial heritages. She is also an author of a book “Industrial Heritage” (Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.,1998) as well as many articles in magazines.