Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Nicole Constable
Dr. Erika Loeffler
Dr. Larry Israel
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The world economic situation is forcing the Japanese government to initiate policies designed to make its rice farming industry more competitive on the world market. These new policies, along with the growth of Japan's urban areas, are causing certain stresses on the cultural institution called bunke among the part-time rice farmers in the Kaizuka region of Chiba City, Japan.
An ethnographic study of these farmers reveals that the farmers of the Kaizuka region have responded to recent changes differently from the farmers of other regions because of their cultural institutions and traditions.
Chiwaki, "The Suburban Rice Farmers: Economic and Cultural Change in Japan" (1992). Master's Theses. 888.