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Chapter 5 traces the interimperial production and trade circuit of Taki Seihi, one of Japan’s leading fertilizer companies, whose product aided the transformation of small farm households in Okayama into fruit producers. It traces the way that Korean and buraku workers, in part supported by feminist organizations such as Kiny?kai, created spaces of solidarity at Taki Seihi’s company barracks in Befu-ch, Hy?go prefecture, during a strike, and briefly examines a struggle that developed in Kimje, the company’s base on the Korean peninsula, where tenants cultivated rice. These parallel struggles, which unfolded in the winter of 1931–32, transformed what was imaginable and therefore possible in Befu-ch?, Kimje, and beyond.

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