2016 Volume 11 Pages 80-89
Itachibori-Shinmachi district in Nishi ward, Osaka City, is one of the highly agglomerated areas of machine-tools and metal wholesalers in Japan. In the 1930s, there were about 700 stores in the district. However, in 1945 the town was exhaustively destroyed in an assault by the US Air Force, after which the wholesalers in the district teamed up to reconstruct their companies and the district. They organized a body called the Itachibori-Shinmachi Shinkoukai (The Association for Area Promotion of the Itachibori-Shinmachi District). They believed that the Itchibori-Shinmachi district had an advantage with regard to the quantity of stores and the diversity of commodities, and therefore pursued the district’s prosperity and tried to solve several problems concerning, finance, management, city planning, and so forth. In the 1970s, they succeeded in reconstructing the agglomeration. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the activities of the Itachibori-Shinmachi Shinkoukai, the portraits of its members, and the process of the reconstruction of the Itachibori-Shinmachi district in the post-war period.