productivity growth:
historic productivity growth
            growth comparision: US, EU, Japan

bicycle history
The rest of the world was catching up once they had recovered from WWII
Japan became the innovator in the automobile industry in the 1970s

Could improved methods from Japan be transferred to the US?
why did the US auto makers lose dominance even in the US?

(the Germans combined more teamwork with strong unions)
cultural differences
Japanese companies systematically adopted new innovations

maximize worker contributions
but the Japanese methods were less used in Japanese auto plants in the US
US efforts to adopt Japanese methods weren't thorough enough
Japan lost its advantage in the 1990s