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A Brief History of the Micrometer - Part III
This article is based on an original publication by Mitutoyo.
The Rise of Industry: Expanding Technologies in Japan
During the Meiji period, the Japanese government began to support the growth of its domestic industries through advanced foreign technology. Along with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Railroad Ministry, this effort would lead to the development of industrialization in Japan.
Japan now began to create domestic companies dealing with machine tools, measuring instruments and other advanced industries. During this time, government organizations imported foreign products and assisted in creation of prototypes to support domestic manufacturers in Japan as they readied themselves for production.
Although the current domestic production industry was predominantly textile based, the demand for automobiles and airplanes was only just beginning. In coming years the need for proper measurement tools would grow exponentially.