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Jon Woronoff (born in 1938) is an American author and editor and previously an interpreter and translator. His full name is Arthur Jon Woronoff, although he normally uses only Jon Woronoff. He was born in New York City in 1938, and lived there until the age of about twenty, after which he studied and worked in Europe (with numerous visits to Africa) for about fifteen years, Hong Kong and Japan (with visits to other Asian countries) for about ten years, again five years in the U.S. in Washington, D.C. and since 1991 in France.

He studied at the Bronx High School of Science and New York University, where he received a B.A. in 1959. He obtained a diploma of translator-interpreter at the Interpreter’s School of the University of Geneva in 1962. He then studied at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva until 1965, when he was granted a licence en sciences politique et economique.

From 1962 and into the early 1990s Woronoff worked as a simultaneous interpreter or translator for numerous international organizations, including the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Meteorological Organization, Organization of African Unity, Economic Commission for Africa, and the U.S. State Department. During the period 1973-79, he founded and managed Interlingua Language Services, with offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and New York.

As of 1970, he was also a free-lance journalist for various newspapers and magazines including Asian Business, Oriental Economist, Nikkei, Toyo Keizai, South China Morning Post, Financial Times Syndication, Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly, etc. He was a special columnist for Mainichi Daily News and Japanalysis. Most of his reporting was devoted to East Asia, especially Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and China, but other places as well, and in the earlier part Africa.

Since 1973, Woronoff has been an external editor for Scarecrow Press [1] of Lanham, Maryland. All his work has dealt with “historical dictionaries” or roughly encyclopedias of countries or broad topics. The first series he initiated was the African Historical Dictionaries, but these were joined over the years by other series, including on Asia and Europe, on literature and the arts, wars, historical periods, U.S. diplomacy and history, professions and industries, and others. At present there are roughly 400 historical dictionaries in print.

Periodically Jon Woronoff wrote his own books, first on Africa, then on Asia. Most notable among these are the books on Japanese economics, business, and society. His critical approach clashed with conventional wisdom in the 1980s and 90s when Japan was often considered a ‘miracle’ economy. He argued that Japanese management systems were far from ideal, suffering from inefficiency and rigidity. He also insisted that actual living standards in Japan were much lower than the impression given by statistics such as per capita GDP. It could be argued that Japan’s sluggish economic growth in recent decades has vindicated many of his views. Despite controversy when they were first published, many similar ideas are now part of mainstream orthodox opinion on the Japanese economy and society.

His books on other parts of Asia, especially Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and China, were equally controversial, but for the opposite reason. When written, the common opinion was that they were “basket cases” with no hope whatsoever of economic development. Yet, they were already in their takeoff phase and this was emphasized in several hundred newspaper and magazine articles as well as several books. Going against the pundits here also resulted in considerable criticism and refusal by some of the better known periodicals to publish his material. By now, of course, there is no question but that these views were by-and-large correct and paved the way for a better understanding of the dynamics of East Asia.

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Total Books: 55
The No-Nonsense Guide To Doing Business in Japan Second Edition
Japan The Coming Social Crisis
1998 - Japan the Coming Social Crisis (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9784896842166
ISBN-10: 4896842162
Genre: Nonfiction

The Japanese Social Crisis
1997 - The Japanese Social Crisis (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312172619
ISBN-10: 0312172613
Genres: Nonfiction, Substores

Japanese Social Crisis
1997 - Japanese Social Crisis (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780333650240
ISBN-10: 0333650247

Japan as-Anything But-Number One
1996 - Japan As-anything But-number One (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780333658246
ISBN-10: 0333658248
Genre: History

The No-nonsense Guide to Doing Business in Japan
1992 - The No-nonsense Guide to Doing Business in Japan (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780333585016
ISBN-10: 0333585011
Genre: Engineering & Transportation

The Japanese Management Mystique The Reality Behind the Myth
1992 - The Japanese Management Mystique the Reality Behind the Myth (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781557384089
ISBN-10: 1557384088
Genre: Business & Money

Unlocking Japan's Markets
1991 - Unlocking Japan's Markets (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780273037095
ISBN-10: 0273037099

Unlocking Japans Mkts
1991 - Unlocking Japans Mkts (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781557382139
ISBN-10: 1557382131

Politics the Japanese Way
1990 - Politics the Japanese Way (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780333459478
ISBN-10: 0333459474
Genre: Nonfiction

Asia's Miracle Economies
1987 - Asia's Miracle Economies (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780873324021
ISBN-10: 0873324021

The Japan Syndrome Symptoms Ailments and Remedies
1986 - The Japan Syndrome Symptoms Ailments and Remedies (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780887380907
ISBN-10: 0887380905

Japan's Commercial Empire
1985 - Japan's Commercial Empire (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780333393093
ISBN-10: 0333393090

The Japan syndrome
1985 - The Japan Syndrome (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9784897880198
ISBN-10: 489788019X
Genre: Business & Money

World Trade War
1984 - World Trade War (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780275912949
ISBN-10: 0275912949
Genre: Engineering & Transportation

Organizing African Unity
1979 - Organizing African Unity (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780810803213
ISBN-10: 0810803216

Japan's Market The Distribution System
Japan's Market the Distribution System (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780275921422
ISBN-10: 0275921425

Japanese Targeting Successes Failures Lessons
Japanese Targeting Successes Failures Lessons (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312071882
ISBN-10: 0312071884

West African Wager Houphouet Versus Krumah
West African Wager Houphouet Versus Krumah (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780810805231
ISBN-10: 0810805235

Japan's Wasted Workers
Japan's Wasted Workers (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780865981232
ISBN-10: 086598123X

Inside Japan Inc
Inside Japan Inc (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780870405259
ISBN-10: 087040525X

Japan As [Anything But Number One] (Hardcover)Paperback