Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Shift to Domestic Sugar and the Ideology of 'The National Interest'

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter talks about changes caused by shifting from imported sugar to domestically produced sugar in Japan in the latter part of the Tokugawa era. The rise of domestic sugar production is related to the formation of this conception of national interest since sugar was regarded as a luxury item and not an essential. Research on how to establish domestic sugar production by planting sugar cane, called kansha, was initiated in the first half of the Tokugawa era. Tamura Ransui who was a doctor and an herbalist, researched sugar cultivation. Ikegami Tarozaemon worked on the sugar project from 1761, researching methods for the cultivation of sugar cane as well as techniques for the refinement of brown and white sugar. The shift to domestic sugar, which was actively promoted from the middle of the eighteenth century onward, was a measure to prevent the overseas drain of gold, silver, and copper.

Keywords: domestic sugar; Ikegami Tarōzaemon; Japan; national interest; Tamura Ransui; Tokugawa era

10.1163/ej.9789004183834.i-298.33
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004183834.i-298.33
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation