Examples of Social Capital

First example social capital as described by Tsuda, (1999) was the common ethnicity and cultural values between Nikkeijin (Brazilian-Japanese) Japanese living in Japan.  This social capital was valuable for Japanese manufacturing industry because these people were culturally similar to Japanese and could easily adjust to the social structure of Japan. Thus Japan would not have the difficulty to welcome them in to their society and thus could effectively solve their problem of low or unskilled labor market demands.

Another example social capital as described was that the Nikkeijins were economically not as demanding and poor as other Brazilians or people from other countries of the world (Asians, Middle Eastern). This characteristic could help Japanese to avoid major flooding of foreigners and even the Nikkeijins were also expected to work for secondary labor market of Japanese industry and then return when they have earned enough.