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October 28 - More on Japan and Temin Japan took a defensive...

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October 28, 2010 More on Japan and Temin Japan took a defensive posture against imports by starting to export goods, at the turn of the 20 th century. They began as an agrarian society, then starting producing silk. They needed to reorganize their society to improve manufacturing, by moving away from agrarian structure. Former aristocracy had no incentive to resist this movement. Productivism – behavior of blue-collar workers Under Meiji, if you are a Japanese citizen, it is your birthright and duty to try to achieve some level of authority. The daimyo lost their land and received bonds. The new landlords faced high taxes and had an obligation to be productive; otherwise they’d lose the land. The peasants faced high land rents and had an obligation to be productive; otherwise they’d be kicked off the land. Peasants had to send their children to school, and pay for it.
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