THE IMPACT OF THE DRASTIC DECLINE IN RAW SILK UPON LAND USE AND INDUSTRY IN SELECTED AREAS OF SERICULTURAL SPECIALIZATION IN JAPAN.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES-NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON D C FOREIGN FIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM
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A geographic investigation was carried out in Japan to determine the impact of the drastic decline in the Japanese raw silk industry after 1930 upon land utilization and silk reeling in four selected areas of sericultural specialization. Two of these areas were located on the western portion of Kanto Plain Gumma Ken, the leading prefecture for mulberry acreage and cocoon production during the past-War years, and the Sagami diluvial terrace region of central Kanagawa Ken, the silk industry of which was directly affected by proximity to the Tokyo-Kawasaki-Yokohama conurbation. Two regions were in high, isolated, intermontane basins where silk reeling factories were concentrated the Suwa and Hagano Basins of Nagano Ken. Variations in the rate of change of mulberry acreage in Gumma Ken seemed most closely related to the degree of pre-Depression emphasis upon sericulture and to variations in changes in reeling capacities within the prefecture. In the Suwa Basin, the degree of food self-sufficiency seemed to be the key factor behind differences in rates of change among areas within the basin. Author
- Agricultural Economics
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