The Rice Standard versus the Meat Standard

(The elements of the Slovene stereotype of the Japanese economy before the Second World War)

  • Žarko Lazarević Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino, Kongresni trg 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Keywords: economy, Japan, press, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, stereotype


The stereotype image of the Japanese economy created by the Slovenian press before the Second World War was not based on its own experience, but was assumed from the western European press. This is understandable, given the very small trade exchange between the two countries at the time. This stereotype included elements, such as social and foreign-exchange dumping, a patriarchal system, a better organized and more efficient economy, and unfair competition.