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Credit Business of an Agricultural Cooperative in Modern Japan: The Case of the Takedate Cooperative


  • Izumi Shirai

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)


This study examines the well-known Takedate Cooperative fs credit activities from 1907 until the 1930s. This cooperative established its credit division in 1914 because its members had difficulty raising money from the financial market after poor rice harvests. Additionally, the another purpose was to controlled member behavior by providing preferential financing terms to frequent users of its production and marketing activities and to those who obeyed its rules. This lending practice allowed cooperative members to grow apples as well as rice until the early 1920s. However, in the wake of poor business conditions after World War I, the cooperative reduced loan amounts, lent money only to cover living expenses, and pressed members to save money. The cooperative fs loan rate rose above that of the Aomori prefecture fs financial market, leading many competent members to withdraw their memberships. However, this action did not result in the stagnation of the cooperative. In Takedate village, the central area of the cooperative, peasants could still borrow money without security, and thus, 80% of farm households continued to grow apples, leading to greater affluence in the 1930s.

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  • Izumi Shirai, 2012. "Credit Business of an Agricultural Cooperative in Modern Japan: The Case of the Takedate Cooperative," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 12-14, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  • Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:1214

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    Japanese economic history; Japanese business history; agricultural cooperative; credit business;

    JEL classification:

    • N55 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Asia including Middle East
    • N85 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - Asia including Middle East

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