By Janet Hunter
In the course of the interval of industrialisation in Japan from the 1870s to the Nineteen Thirties, the fabric was once Japan's biggest production undefined, and the country's significant resource of export gains. It had a predominantly lady labour strength, drawn generally from the rural population.This booklet examines the associations of the labour industry of this serious in this vital interval for jap monetary improvement. in line with vast unique learn, the publication offers a wealth of element, exhibiting among different issues the complexity of the labour marketplace, the interdependence of the rural and production sectors, and the significance of gender. It argues that the labour industry associations which constructed during this interval had a profound impact at the labour marketplace and labour relatives within the postwar years.
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24 The silk industry never really recovered. Price falls encouraged farmers to diversify into other areas of production, a trend encouraged by government policy. The growth of artificial silk production, in which Japan became a world work does acknowledge the extent to which Suwa set the pattern for the post-First World War period. The diversity should be acknowledged, but the present work draws mostly on the Suwa experience, as in relation to labour it was not only the largest silk employment area, but also the ‘trendsetter’.
D. Wray, Managing Industrial Enterprise (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1989). 20 Nöshömushö Shökökyoku Kömuka, Köjö Tsüran (Tokyo: Nöshömushö, 1909), pp. 1–139. 21 T. Ishii, ‘Sen’i Kikai Gijutsu no Hatten Katei’, in T. Nakaoka et al. (eds), Kindai Nihon no Gijutsu to Gijutsu Seisaku (Tokyo: Kokusai Rengö Daigaku, 1986), p. 148; M. Nakamura, Gijutsu Kakushin to Joshi Rödö (Tokyo: Kokusai Rengö Daigaku, 1985), p. 47. 22 Ishii Kanji (Nihon Sanshigyö Shi Bunseki, pp. 254–7) has criticised other researchers for taking Suwa as the norm for the whole industry in the late Meiji period, although his The growth of mechanised textile production 39 but even as production became progressively more mechanised, it remained to a substantial degree dependent on worker skill.
Abe, ‘Mengyö’ in S. Nishikawa, K. Odaka and O. Saitö (eds), Nihon Keizai no 200 nen (Tokyo: Nihon Hyöronsha, 1996). 15 Minami, Economic Development of Japan, p. 100. 16 Y. Andö, Kindai Nihon Keizai Shi Yöran (Tokyo: Tokyo University Press, 1975), p. 11. 17 By whatever yardstick, therefore, textile production played a highly significant role in the pre-Second World War Japanese economy. Textile production embraced a diverse range of activities, from the reeling, spinning and weaving of raw material, to finishing processes such as fulling and dyeing, and the making of cloth into garments.