The West includes the United States, the First World industrialized nations of Europe, modern Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Although Japan is in the Far East, it modeled itself after Europe in the late 19th century during the Meiji Restoration. After World War II, the United States gave Japan additional assistance in modernizing its business practices; see W. Edwards Deming.< The former British colonies of Australia and New Zealand were British colonies. Western culture includes concepts such as accountability, democracy, freedom, personal responsibility, and a free market economic system. Coincidentally, "The West" generally comprises the countries with the highest standards of living and best governance in the world. Most, though not all, countries considered in "The West" are also Christian.
Militarily, the West consists of the United States, its allies and its friends.
South Korea is strongly allied with the United States, both politically and economically.
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- Rosenberg, Nathan, and L.E. Birdzell Jr. How The West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation of the Industrial World (1987) excerpt and text search