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Silk, regional rivalry, and the impact of the port openings in nineteenth century Japan

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  • Atsumi, Toshihiro
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    The centre of economic activities in Japan was once in western Japan. Since the mid-nineteenth century, however, economic activities within Japan have been continuously shifting towards the east side of the country including Tokyo. Conventional wisdom associates the end of the Tokugawa feudal regime with this eastward shift. By applying a new economic geography model to the silk economy of Japan in the nineteenth century, this paper explains why the majority of industrial activities located initially in western Japan, and offers an alternative economic explanation for the eastward shift as an impact of the port openings in 1859.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 519-539

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:24:y:2010:i:4:p:519-539

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    Keywords: International trade Economic geography Japan Silk trade;

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    Cited by:
    1. Mathias Hoffmann & Toshihiro Okubo, 2013. "'By a Silken Thread': regional banking integration and pathways to financial development in Japan's Great Recession," CAMA Working Papers 2013-36, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
    2. Toshihiro Atsumi & Daniel M. Bernhofen, . "The effects of the unequal treaties on normative, economic and institutional changes in 19th century Japan," Discussion Papers 11/19, University of Nottingham, GEP.

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