Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History

Searching for the New Frontier

After the closing down of the corporation, Nakagawa remained in Nagura to continue the land reclamation with about eighty Japanese Main Islanders who were dismissed by the corporation (Hattori 1963, 132-133).

In the meantime, the Japanese government attempted to develop a sugar industry in colonial Taiwan. When Kodama Gentarô was appointed the Governor General of colonial Taiwan in 1898, the colonial government stressed developing industries and promoting the economic independence of the colony and sugar industry was considered one of the major industries. With the strong support of Governor Kodama, the Taiwan Sugar Industry Corporation (Taiwan Seitô Kabushiki Gaisha 台湾製糖株式会社) was founded in 1900 (Shibusawa Sei’en Kinen Zaidan 1956, 251-254).

In 1901, Nakagawa went to Taiwan in order to pass on the machinery used by the Yaeyama Sugar Industry Corporation to the Taiwan Sugar Industry Corporation. Thereafter Nakagawa did not return to Yaeyama, but began another sugar enterprise in Tainan (台南). The factory was established in 1902, but was closed within three years (Hattori 1963, 143).

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