The Impact of the Great Depression: The Japan Spinners Association, 1927–1936

  • W. Miles FletcherIII


This chapter examines the impact of the Great Depression on business-state relations in Japan through a case study of the cotton textile industry. A common perception holds that the challenges of the Great Depression ushered in the era of state control of the Japanese economy. The experience of the cotton-spinning industry, however, suggests a different result. In fact, the challenges that executives overcame in the late 1920s and early 1930s bolstered their confidence in the efficacy of industrial self-governance and strengthened their conviction in the need for autonomy from the state. The most vexing issue became overseas trade barriers, a problem that first appeared in the 1920s.


Cotton Textile Business Group Night Shift Great Depression Japanese Firm 
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