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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/9498/human-action-in-japan/

Human Action in Japan!

February 24, 2009 by

Today, Japan celebrates the publication of a new edition of Human Action in Japanese, with many improvements and beautiful packaging. The image below is the facilitator (Hiroshi Yoshdia) with a Mises tie, and the publisher with a Mises cap!


JEHeer6231 February 24, 2009 at 9:40 am


Tom Woods should get his book – Meltdown – translated, since it would help the Japanese understand what happened with there economy.

Robert Brager February 24, 2009 at 9:54 am


Tim Swanson February 24, 2009 at 9:55 am

Be sure to also check out the AEN interview with Hiroyuki Okon from 1997. Interesting insights from an island insider.

Bruce Koerber February 24, 2009 at 10:36 am

Economic Wisdom
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ideological Change In Japan!

We are seeing worldwide ideological change every day and everywhere!

The socialists, for example the Keynesians, are trying their best to use propaganda and to use oppression to keep people confused about economics. But they are failing and the truth is leaking out at an alarming rate!

Human Action is far, far too powerful an intellectual beacon to be able to suppress it or to keep the inherent human nature to seek from successfully finding it.

Go Japanese Miseseans Go!

Latrop Sudoxe February 24, 2009 at 11:24 am

Very nice! If the Mises Institute has any works translated into Korean or are planning to, please let me know!

Kevin Hall February 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

I am too young to have lived in Mises time, and can only gleen a small bit of the man from his writings and the personal anecdotes of his contemporaries and students (thanks to Mises.Org), but I can only imagine the great pride he would have felt to see the continued influence of his works so long after his death. I base this off of the great joy I get from seeing these pictures which symbolize the reality that knowledge and truth is universal and undying; I’m sure Mises would be ecstatic at the broad influence he has had on the world.

Ohhh Henry February 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I hope it’s translated from the preferred edition (2nd ed?) and not the non-preferred edition? (3rd?)

Doug Thorson February 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

The battle of ideas continues. Did the Mises Institute have a hand in this? This is another step in promoting freedom.

ProudCapitalist February 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Great news! Another 100 000 000 people within grasp…

Translations and (well read) voice books are great ways to help spread the message. The Mises Institute should already be a significant client for select companies/consultancies in those niches!

Les February 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm

How about a Chinese translation. This would reach a rising economic power in a time of its beginning steps to a market based economy. Since they still maintain central planning they have a long way to go; but they are taking some very good steps; transferring state-owned banks and other organizations to private ownership and allowing various farmers to own their land. I am currently living in China and I think it would be great to get some Austrians on CCTV’s Dialogue program. It might get the idea moving that there are other “types” of economic thought.

Gold February 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm

This is just so cool!! Where in japan is this wonderful event celebrated? Are there any Austrian School related seminars or events in Japan at all? I would definitely be glad to attend and support and donate.

Marc Abela September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

Dear Gold,
There are a few people here and there who are trying to get the ball rolling in Japan (Tokyo). Please do contact us if you would like to help. Nothing much done yet – it’s all in process. JTR has done some work already on the subject. Next “Austrian Econ” meeting is scheduled for October 25 (Monday) between 18h00 and 21h00.

stevemcgee99 February 25, 2009 at 12:43 am

I’d love to meet these people. I live in Tokyo – are they in Wakayama or in the Kanto area?

Marc Abela September 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

Dear stevemcgee99,
There are a few people here and there who are trying to get the ball rolling in Japan (Tokyo). Please do contact us if you would like to help. Nothing much done yet – it’s all in process. JTR has done some work already on the subject. Next “Austrian Econ” meeting is scheduled for October 25 (Monday) between 18h00 and 21h00.

Mark Sunwall February 25, 2009 at 3:01 am

I would like to know if this is a permanent Miseskreis or not, where they met and if they had a contact address of some sort.

I’ve tried to start up a Mises study group in Kobe using the English version, but have found it is too difficult for anybody but expats. I have the Japanese version on order…but it may prove, in turn, beyond my Japanese abilities!

Marc Abela October 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

Quite a pleasure to read you. Kobe? Where about? Nice city it is.
We currently are a small group in Tokyo organizing regular meetings (along with other related groups, JTR, etc). We need all the help we can get so please do contact us (www.mises.jp was launched a few months ago but we’re still in the process of building a community).
Do you visit Tokyo at times?
Talk soon,

Robert C February 25, 2009 at 10:04 pm

This is great. Lord knows Japan, like every other country, could use a readable version.

Given Japan’s 15+ year experiment with “quantitative easing,” I hope someone makes a translation of either “Theory of Money and Credit,” or “Money, Bank Credit and Economic Cycles.” That would be awesome.

TokyoTom February 26, 2009 at 5:48 am

Jeff, it looks like you’ve got a typo in the spelling of Mr. Yoshida’s name.

Interesting news.

Kurt Hinz jr February 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Mises’ masterpiece goes Nippon!
Excellent news, it’s almost cynical to say that Japan is ripe for the Real Thing, …considering their ongoing malaise.

Gernot Hassenpflug March 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Just joined to post on the forums… asked about Japanese representatives of the Austrian school, and literature in Japanese, and was pointed to this article. Great news! But I need to follow up, as I was unable to find the book in stores so far.

Perhaps it would be nice to meet fellow interested people in Japan? I’m in Tokyo too (spent the last 10 years in Kyoto). Here’s the post I made in the forums in case anyone wants to chime in, meet up, etc.:


Marc Abela October 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

Please do contact us – we would love to have you join and help our growing community.

TokyoTom September 28, 2010 at 2:45 am

If anyone stumbles across this, let me note that a few of us are now in the process of forming a Mises/Austrian/libertarian circle in Tokyo. If you have the slightest interest or know anyone else who may, please by all means get in touch with me at the above email.


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