2014 Volume 22 Pages 93-99
We examined production structure and structure in the Tokamachi textile production area from 1955 to 2012, with the ultimate aim of promoting the survival of local small and medium textile-production enterprises there. We interviewed staff at the Cooperative Union Tokamachi Textile Industrial Association and at three representative weaving companies. We found that the scale of production in the area gradually declined between 1975 and 2012 in terms of quantity and shipment of goods; in other words, the production base weakened. At the same time, goods representative of each particular weaving company were produced, but not goods that were representative of the production area as a whole. There are two issues important to the survival of the weaving area. One is the need to begin making goods as soon as possible that are representative of the whole production area. The other is build a system of cooperation over a very wide area with neighboring weaving production areas so as to secure labor for weaving.