A quote from "The Next Century," by David Halberstam theorizing about the reasons for Japan's economic success.
"[Japan's] success, I think, is of a whole; it has no one secret. But let us at least try to understand. For one thing, [the Japanese] continue to want to make things. We have turned our energies to other aspects of commerce, aspects that in other times might have been considered ancillary, such as financing and marketing. Making things has a higher social value in their society than ours, I think. Those who run the industrial lines are considered far more important in Japan than they are in America; as a nation they are closer to being the true children of the original Henry Ford than we are. The purpose of their capitalism seems less diluted in contrast with ours. Ours is to make money; theirs is to make products of excellence, which, if they do well, will also, they are sure, make them money."
-- From The Next Century, by David Halberstam (William Morrow & Co., 1991)