Dualism in the Silk-reeling Industry in Suwa from the 1910s to the 1930s <sup>*</sup>

Satoshi Matsumura

in The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198292746
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603891 | DOI:

Series: Japanese Studies in Economic and Social History Series

 Dualism in the Silk-reeling Industry in Suwa from the 1910s to the 1930s *

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This chapter argues that there was a substantial diversity in the forms of production used in the silk-reeling industry in modern Japan. Although export growth led to the development of this industry, the domestic market for raw silk also contributed to the increase in total demand after the first decade of the 20th century. The reason why domestically-oriented manufacturers did not adopt the factory system of production, but instead used various forms of production such as independent operation, subcontracting to small-scale factories, and putting-out was discussed.

Keywords: silk-reeling industry; raw silk; export; domestic market; independent operation; subcontracting; small-scale factory; putting-out

Chapter.  12217 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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