Japan And India Dbq Analysis

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From the 1880s to the 1930s, the cotton service in Japan and India went through the process of mechanization. Although both Japan and India gave low wages to workers and used their machines more for production, there were more female workers in Japan while India used mostly men. However, Japan had worse factory conditions.
Documents 3, 5, and 9 show the low wages the factory workers received in Japan and India during this time. Document 3 is the point of view of two Japanese women who recall their childhoods being factory workers. One girl said that they received no money in the first year of working, and in the third year they received 50 yen, which is almost the same as half a U.S. dollar. This shows that people who work in factories were
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In addition, document 3 also expresses that factory conditions in Japan were harsher than in India. Document 3, from the viewpoint of two Japanese women, describes their experiences in textile factories. The first woman recalls the lack of heat and food present in the factory compared to the large amount of labor executed by the women. The second woman discusses the illnesses people contracted which led to the death of her thirteen-year-old sister. This reveals the harsh conditions experienced in Japanese factories and that women mainly worked in these factories. Document 4 is from a Buddhist priest from a rural area of Japan from which many farm girls were sent to work in the mills around 1900. The priest discusses how the peasants in the rural area were poor and had little to eat, and that girls who went to work in the factories were the peasants’ only salvation because of the wages they received. This further emphasizes that the majority of women during this time were factory workers. Document 7 is a table based on data from a dissertation called “Industrialization and the Status of Women in Japan,” written in 1973. According to this table, from 1909 to 1934 there was a slight decrease in the percentage of female cotton textile laborers in India, and only around one-fifth of all women worked in cotton textile factories. However, in Japan…show more content…
It is also evident that more female workers and harsher conditions were present in Japan than in

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