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Toshio Murata on Catallaxy

August 8, 2011 by

Toshio Murata was a student of Mises’s at New York University and is the Japanese translator of Human Action. He is singularly responsible for the whole of the Misesian presence in Japan today. A young of disciple of his is Hiroyuki Okon, who has spent many wonderful weeks at the Mises Institute and is currently on the faculty of economics at Kokugakuin University.

At this university, Murata gave a lecture on Mises vs. Hayek on catallaxy. Murata is very concerned to retain the Misesian definition of the term as the order brought about through mutual adjustment of individual activities of exchange based on monetary calculation. He offered this as a corrective to Hayek who seem to present catallaxy as order without specifying the essential element of human choice and action.

Here is an photo after the lecture.

Professor Murata is in front and Okun is to his immediate left.

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Michael A. Clem August 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Murata is very concerned to retain the Misesian definition of the term as the order brought about through mutual adjustment of individual activities of exchange based on monetary calculation. He offered this as a corrective to Hayek who seem to present catallaxy as order without specifying the essential element of human choice and action.
And a very good point it is. “The market” is merely the actions of all the individuals operating in the market.

HL August 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Inspires hope.

newson August 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

de-homogenization alive and well in japan. that’ll rankle some.

Hiroyuki Okon August 17, 2011 at 4:57 am

Standing on the right of Okon is Mr. Masaru Uchiyama, foundaer and President of Japanese for Tax Reform (JTR). JTR is an independent organization in Tokyo, and promotes the ideal of lower, simple and fairer taxes, a limited role for the government in the economy, and economic freedom. Mr.Uchiyama played the instrumental role of persuading a Japanese publisher to publish a second Japanese translation of Human Action by Professor Toshio Murata when the first Japanese edition had been out of print for many years. Mr. Uchiyama contributes his paper “Opening Taxpayers’ Eyes: An Uphill Battle against Taxation in Japan” to Colleen Dyble ed. Taming Leviathwn: Waging the War of Ideas Around the World, IEA, 2008, in which you can find his libertarian activities in Japan. The paper is downlodable at http://www.iea.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/files/upldbook436pdf.pdf

Man standing on the left of Okon is Dr. Hiroshi Yoshida, who is an excellent colleague of Mr. Uchiyama. Dr. Yoshida, who is a professtional accountant, is the president both of The Institute of Public Sector Accounting in Japan and of Free Economy Institute.

Owing to these two men’s activities, Japan is no longer a desert of libertarianism.

Hiroshi Yoshida August 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Prof Murata is 88years old.
His condition is very good voice is clear and loud.
I hope his long life and teach us more than 5years.
I said same thing last year and 2years before.

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