Business History Review


The Case of the Dying Kimono: The Influence of Changing Fashions on the Development of the Japanese Woolen Industry

Keiichirō Nakagawaa1 and Henry Rosovskya2

a1 Associate Professor of Economics, University of Tokyo

a2 Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley


Recognizing the importance of the woolen industry in Japan's industrial development, this article explores the impetus given that industry by the gradual Westernization of Japanese tastes in clothing.