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By David L. Howell

Japan's beautiful metamorphosis from an remoted feudal regime to an immense business strength over the process the nineteeth and early 20th centuries has lengthy interested and vexed historians. during this research, David L. Howell seems to be past the institutional and technological alterations that Japan's reopening to the West to probe the indigenous origins of jap capitalism.

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Matsumae's policy toward labor reflected both its need for a stable fishery and its desire to maintain a monopoly over access to Hokkaido. The domain therefore regulated, but did not prohibit, the movement of Wajin between Honshu and Hokkaido and between the Wajinchi and Ezochi. It also set strict general guidelines concerning the movement and use of labor while giving fishers considerable leeway on specific matters. Actual labor conditions were not as a rule within the provenance of official concern, although the domain, enjoined by the bakufu to prevent mistreatment of the Ainu, did urge contract-fishery operators to protect native workers.

I... [25] Recipients of permanent residency, particularly in Fukuyama, were more likely to be involved in commerce than directly employed in the fishery. Fishery workers typically came to Hokkaido only for the fishing season unless they were permanent employees of a contractor or other entrepreneurial fisher, in which case they often wintered in the Ezochi. The Matsumae domain had established procedures for workers traveling within the Wajinchi and to and from the Ezochi. All persons entering the Ezochi had to pass through either the barrier established at Sekinai, just outside of Kumaishi village on the west coast, or the one at Kameda, near Hakodate on the east coast.

10] People did not starve when the fishing was bad because the market mediated between their production and consumption. For peasant cultivators a failed crop might precipitate an immediate subsistence crisis, but a bad catch in the fishery usually led to higher prices so that fishers got a higher return per unit for whatever fish they did harvest. Moreover, readily available credit enabled fishers to ride out bad years, although at the cost of long-term dependency. "[11] When they were not occupied by the herring fishery, small fishers participated in a variety of other, secondary economic activities.

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