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Forests And The Imperial Fisc

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This section presents a note on the forests and the imperial fisc relevant to the analysis of more technical aspects of forest operations as they developed and changed during the fifty-eight-year life of the woodland system. Prior to the 1880s, the "restored" Imperial Household was supported by annual allocations from the treasury. During that decade it began to acquire supplemental income-producing properties of its own, and, after 1885, those properties came under the control of the Household Ministry's Property Office. The general character of the imperial fisc as it was to remain until 1946 was clarified when the Meiji Constitution and Imperial House Law were formulated in 1889-90. The fisc was to consist of three elements: a set annual stipend provided by the government from its regular tax revenues, the yield from a portfolio of securities, and the income from its landed holdings, goryōch.

Keywords: imperial forests; Meiji Constitution; woodland system



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