Dbq Industrialization in Japan

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Industrialization had been increasing for a long time in Japan and India in the twentieth century. This had been, for a long time, modernizing the cotton industry in each country. Japan and India’s economies relied heavily on the cotton industry, run from factories with a large amount of factory workers in addition. In both countries, workers had low wages and poor working conditions, as well as an increase in machinery over time. A difference between the cotton industries in Japan and India was that most Japanese workers were women whereas In India less than half of the workers were women. These similarities and differences between the Indian and Japanese cotton industries from the 1880’s to the 1930’s reflected the differences in technologies and agricultural demands in each country. The similarities between the mechanization in Indian and Japanese cotton industries are highlighted in documents four, five, and nine. In Document four, it is stated that in Japan, the money that a factory girl earned was quite often more than a farmer’s salary (though the girls’ salaries were not impressive, either). Thus, families that had to turn over much of their produce to landlords relied on these girls to send money home. This document comes from an outside source, a Buddhist priest, though, which could affect its truthfulness. In Document nine, Indian workers are described as peasants and farmers who earned low wages and lived in small huts. The speaker of this document was from the British Commission of Labor in India, so it was probably very accurate, coming from a government source. In document five, it is explained that wages are low from the factories because the factory workers are unattached parts of their family and only need to earn enough money to support a single person, not a whole family. This statement could be biased because of the speaker, an industrialist
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