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Labour-intensive industrialization: a concept too many?Peer Vries is currently writing a book on Japan and the Great Divergence, focusing on the question to what extent the history of modern economic... [Event]
These transfers of sovereignty resulted in extensive, unforeseen movements of citizens and subjects to their former countries. The phenomenon of postcolonial migration affected not only European... [Publication]
Based on a collection of labour contracts and other documents, this book examines the legal, economic and social relations of labour as they developed in the commercial enterprises of Tokugawa Japan... [Publication]
Rōmusha is a Japanese word meaning "an unskilled laborer who carries out temporary contruction work". In Japanese-occupied Indonesia, the words 'by force" and "hard physical work" were added to this... [Item of the Day]
In 1950, during the Allied occupation of Japan after World War II, members of the Japanese Communist Party and other alledgedly 'red' persons were excluded from public service. The 'Red Purge' also... [Item of the Day]
On January 8, 1992, the first 'Wednesday Demonstration' was held by surviving comfort women and sympathizers in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. The demonstration was sponsored by the Korean... [Item of the Day]
The Treaty of Peace and Amity between the US and Japan, ratified on 21 February 1855, opened up Japanese ports to the United States. The new Meiji leaders decided that in order to avoid becoming... [Item of the Day]
Almost a thousand Japanese immigrant workers arrived monthly in California in the early 1900's.  Tension grew over the Japanese as it was feared they would depress wages. A 'Gentlemen’s Agreement'... [Item of the Day]
The Labour Standards Law was enacted on 7 April 1947 under Allied Occupation of Japan. According to its first article, it assessed 'the right of workers to live a life of human beings'. Its most... [Item of the Day]
At the end of World War II, 6.5 million  Japanese were scattered throughout the islands in the Western Pacific and on the Asiatic mainland. Article 9 of the Potsdam Declaration of 26 July 1945... [Item of the Day]