Why has Germany not been as successful economically as Japan since WW2?

Germany was just as defeated ,,if not more ? than Japan after WW2...why the USA and western companies werent able to whip them into shape for "Economic prosperity" the same way they did with Japan and Hong Kong, Singapore , etc?

Asked By: o - 12/26/2011
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Germany has in fact been as successful economically as Japan since WW2. Germany is Europe's strongest economy, and Japan for the last 10 years has had some serious stagnation problems... More
Answered By: imperialpoetpurple - 12/26/2011
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Germany is a leading economic power of Europe, so I'm not sure how to consider your question.
Answered By: Wedge - 12/26/2011
Do you even know what you are you talking about? Germany is the economic power house of Europe and as for the USA whipping them into shape? I have never heard of this.
Answered By: Happykirky - 12/26/2011
Japan whipped themselves back into shape. And as for the question, Germany is a lot better off than Japan is right now, anyway..especially since the earthquake. That set Japan back a pretty penny... More
Answered By: William - 12/26/2011
Much depends on how you define economic success. Japanese corporations have grown at a much faster pace than German corporations. But the German people have become much more affluent at a quicker pace than Japanese people... More
Answered By: Ragnar - 12/26/2011
I would question your position that Germany did not recover from the war every bit as thoroughly as Japan. East Germany was something of a drag after the Berlin Wall fell, but Germany still has the strongest economy in Europe, and has had for most of the time since 1953.
Answered By: Gerald Cline - 12/26/2011
Japan has the highest debt of any industrised country in the west. Japan's prosperity lay in large U.S loans to rebuild after the war, plus any favourable trade treaties with the U.S and other countries... More
Answered By: Big B - 12/26/2011
Germany reunified in 1990 which set back their economy a few years. West Germany had its own economic miracle but the model the Germans took was coined the social market economy, which had some state interference with the economy and a more conservative approach to investments... More
Answered By: Beau - 12/26/2011
These are the top 10 economies in the world:
Answered By: tuffy - 12/26/2011
The economic development of Japan and Germany have nothing to do with USA whipping them into economic prosperity. The Japanese and Germans are a hard working disciplined dedicated people and do not need to take lessons from anyone and in fact both nations have whipped the US. Until recently, Germany with 85,000,000... More
Answered By: ? - 12/26/2011
>.why the USA and western companies werent able to whip them into shape for "Economic prosperity" What do you think who you are? Daddy?
Answered By: Samurai Japan - 12/26/2011
I think you should take a few courses in geography, economics and history. Germany has at this moment the strongest economy of Europe. If it wasn't dragged down by dirt poor East and South European countries, it would even be stronger.
Answered By: JosF - 12/26/2011
the premise of your question is incorrect
Answered By: Report Monkey - 12/26/2011
Answered By: Julian - 12/26/2011
Germany is the economic superpower of Europe. They're so wealthy, that they are paying for almost every other European country's debts. So I wouldn't say they have any economic problems whatsoever.
Answered By: Turbanator - 12/27/2011
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