Lezing: Prof.dr. Shinobu Majima – The Chosabu Reports and the Chosabu Men12 apr 2018
Van 15:00 - 16:30uur
Erasmus University, Campus Woudestein, Polak Building 3-14, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
The Chosabu Reports and the Chosabu Men: Japanese Military Administration Research Department in WW II Singapore
Prof.dr. Shinobu Majima
Shinobu Majima is professor of Economic History at Gakushuin University (Japan) and currently a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Global History, the University of Oxford. She also held a position as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University, the postwar successor of the IEAE.
Singapore during the World War II saw the Japanese Military Administration set up a research department, the Chosabu, to conduct socio-economic policy. The academics from the Institute of East Asian Economies (IEAE) at the Tokyo University of Commerce were dispatched to produce reports on population, living standards, rationing, factory labour, and food production. Having been disregarded at the beginning in 1943, their reports slowly gained confidence of the high rank officials who formulated social and economic policies. This paper discusses the Chosabu researchers and their place in the military administration of Singapore and in the history of Japanese economic thought.
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