The Journal of Silk Science and Technology of Japan
Online ISSN : 1881-1698
Print ISSN : 1880-8204
ISSN-L : 1880-8204
Longitudinal-data-based Quantitative Analysis of Changes in the Structure of Japan's Sericulture Industry
Shiho KagamiMotoi KusadokoroMasaaki YamadaAtsushi Chitose
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2014 Volume 22 Pages 101-108


We used a new analytical approach to quantitatively investigate the contribution of structural variables in the sericulture industry to changes in cocoon yield in Japan during the period 1915-1996. Variance decomposition analysis revealed that improvements in rearing technology and an increase in the number of cocoon producers before world War II, along with increases in productivity and in the area under mulberry cultivation after the War, were mainly responsible for increased cocoon production. More complex mechanisms underlay the decreases in cocoon production that varied across regions, particularly after the War.

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