Saturday, March 19, 1921 Five-curios scandal

Takaaki Kato, the president of the opposition party Kensei-kai, received an unknown donation of 50,000 yen from Nobuya Uchida, a shipping businessman, and wrote a receipt saying “I have received five curios. However, the suspicion deepened. At the time, there were two major political parties, the ruling party Rikken Seiyukai President Hara Takashi and the opposition party Kensei Kai President Kato Takaaki. The election was held in February 1920 and was announced in March. In April, at the beginning of the election campaign. In April, early in the election campaign, Kato received 50,000 yen in campaign funds from Uchida Shinya, a shipping agent. Shinya Uchida was the president of Uchida...


Saturday, March 19, 1921 Takashi Asada

Takashi Asada, urban planner and architect, was born in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, on Saturday, March 19, 1921. He entered the Tokyo Imperial University Faculty of Engineering from the old Matsuyama High School, and joined the Navy in 1943. In 1943, he joined the Navy and was involved in research on Hiroshima immediately after the atomic bombing. After the world war II, he worked as the right-hand man of architect Kenzo Tange. Formed “Metabolism,” a group of designers who led the Osaka World Exposition. He died in 1990 at the age of 69.


Friday, March 18, 1921 Promotion of Chinese Studies

Sigetaro Kinoshita (Seiyukai Party) submitted a “Proposal for the Promotion of Chinese Studies” in the House of Representatives. It was proposed that efforts be made to promote Oriental culture and Oriental academic research. This movement to promote Chinese studies grew and led to the establishment of Daito Bunka Gakuin (now Daito Bunka University) in 1923. Kinoshita is regarded as the actual founder of the university. At the plenary session of the House of Representatives of the 44th Imperial Diet, “Proposal for the Promotion of Chinese Studies” was submitted by Shigetaro Kinoshita (Seiyu-kai). As Chinese studies have contributed to the culture of our country since ancient times and have contributed greatly...


Tuesday, March 15, 1921 Geisha Crisis

One full year has passed since the stock market crash of the previous year. The bubble-like economic boom caused by World War I quickly turned into an economic depression. The Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun reports that the situation in the the gay quarters or Geisha World has changed drastically. The 1920 Depression, which began with the Tokyo stock market crash on March 15, 1920, caused unprecedented price declines and corporate bankruptcies. The turmoil that began in the stock market led to bank failures and corporate bankruptcies, and from June onward, the depression became a serious condition amid the global economic recession. The wholesale price index (1900=100) recorded 268 in March 1919...


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Hello. I’m Koichi Yoshizuka. Every day I tweet about events that happened 100 years ago in Japan. Mainly for my own study. https://twitter.com/KoichiYoshizuka I am interested in modern Japanese and Chinese diplomatic history, economic history, and business history. D. student at Waseda University Graduate School of Social Sciences, Liu Jie Seminar. In this blog, I will occasionally post about events in Japan that happened 100 years ago, mainly in English. I hope it will be useful to those who are interested in modern Japanese history.