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Communal Action in the Development of Regional Industrial Policy: A Case Study of the Kawamata Silk Weaving Industry

Futoshi Yamauchi

in The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198292746
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292740.003.0011

Series: Japanese Studies in Economic and Social History Series

 Communal Action in the Development of Regional Industrial Policy: A Case Study of the Kawamata Silk Weaving Industry

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This chapter examines the ‘industrial policy’ executed in the industrial district, Kawamata. The local government and associations made various attempts to support the development of silk weaving industry. An investigation into these practices and actions, as well as the conflicts within the regions, shows that both the silk traders and the rural elites played key roles in the process. Their activities were motivated by the widespread understanding within the region that the rural elites had to take responsibility for the development of the regional economy.

Keywords: industrial policy; industrial district; local government; associations; silk weaving industry; conflict; rural elite; regional economy

Chapter.  11001 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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