Article ID: CBB000930697

Japanese Clocks and the History of Punctuality in Modern Japan (2008)


Abstract Although punctuality is well attained in present Japan, many foreign engineers who arrived in Japan from the mid 19th century observed that Japanese were seemingly indifferent to the clock, which leads us to a question about the origin of punctuality in modern Japan. The present paper first explains the time system and clocks in the Edo period, and then follows the origin and the evolution of punctuality in various sectors of Japanese society. Introducing the historian Sakae Tsunoyama's two-layer theory to explain the origin of punctuality in modern Japan, the paper explores a question about when punctuality was attained and society accelerated in postwar Japan. Keywords Time - Punctuality - Clock - Modernization

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Authors & Contributors
Hashimoto, Takehiko
Frumer, Yulia
Howell, David
Gordin, Michael
Burnett, David Graham
Landes, David S.
科学史研究 Kagakusi Kenkyu (History of Science)
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Continuity and Change
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
University of Chicago Press
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Stanford University Press
University of North Carolina Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Time measurement
Clocks and Watches
Time measuring instruments
Gennai, Hiraga
Time Periods
19th century
Edo period (Japan, 1603-1868)
18th century
Meiji period (Japan, 1868-1910)
16th century
17th century
United States

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