The Rise of a Factory Industry: Silk Reeling in Suwa District

Masaki Nakabayashi

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

 The Rise of a Factory Industry: Silk Reeling in Suwa District

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This chapter analyzes the modernization of the silk-reeling industry, focusing on the most prosperous silk reeling district of Suwa. The rapid growth of silk reeling in Suwa is attributed to the establishment of an efficient factory system. Its capacity to supply large amounts of high quality raw silk matched the rising demand from the mechanized silk weaving industry in the United States, resulting in strong competitiveness in the export market.

Keywords: modernization; silk-reeling industry; labour management; financial system; factory system; raw silk; mechanized silk weaving industry; United States

Chapter.  14367 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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