[Blueboard] Rice, Sugar, and Sweet Potatoes: The Agrarian Dimension of the Ryukyu Kingdom’s Integration into the Bakuhan System, 1609-1872

Japanese Studies Program [LS] japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
Tue Feb 28 12:00:38 PHT 2017

*Ateneo de Manila UniversityJapanese Studies Program*

*School of Social Sciences*

*invites everyone to*

*Rice, Sugar, and Sweet Potatoes*

*The Agrarian Dimension of the Ryukyu Kingdom’s Integration into
the Bakuhan System, 1609-1872*

by Lonny Carlile, Ph.D.

University of Hawaii, Manoa

13 March 2017, Monday

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Faura AVR

Tokugawa Era Japan was characterized by a system in which rice functioned
as a “near money” for measuring wealth and status and the primary medium
for the payment of taxes and official stipends. Accordingly, the production
and distribution of rice was a central pillar of the Tokugawa political
economy. However, the soil and climatic conditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom,
which was incorporated into the Tokugawa political economy in 1609,
differed dramatically from those on the Japanese mainland and were not well
suited to rice production. How was it possible under these circumstances
for the kingdom to sustain itself over the nearly 2.5 centuries that it was
part of the Tokugawa system? The talk will argue that a key to answering
this question is the differentiated but complementary roles that three
crops—rice, sugar, and sweet potatoes—played in the Ryukyuan political
economy. Understanding this functionality, in turn, helps us to generate a
more nuanced understanding of the early modern Japanese polity and economy.


Dr Lonny Carlile is Director of the Center for Japanese Studies and an
Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of California,
Berkeley, and has taught at universities in both Canada and the United
States. His research deals with various aspects of Japanese society, with a
primary but not exclusive focus on political economy and, more recently,
Okinawa. He is the author of *Divisions of Labor: Globality, Ideology, and
War in the Shaping of the Japanese Labor Movement* (2005), co-editor of *Is
Japan Really Changing Its Ways?: Regulatory Reform and the Japanese
Economy* (1998)
and editor of the “course packet” *Putting Okinawa at the Center* (2014
<http://www.japanfocus.org/data/11-8-2014_Carlile_TOC.pdf>). Recently
published work includes:  “The Post-Industrialization of the Developmental
State” in Christopher Gerteis and Timothy George, eds., *Japan Since
1945* (2013);
“The Labor Movement” in the *Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics *(2011);
“The Evolution of “Area Studies” in Japan: The Impact of Global Context and
Institutional Setting” in Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss, eds., *Remaking
Area Studies *(2010); and  “From Outbound to Inbound: Japan’s International
Travel and Tourism Promotion Policy Rationales” in Hiroshi Itoh, ed., *The
Impact of Globalization on Japan’s Public Policy* (2008).

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