By Kevin C. Murphy
American retailers proven buying and selling agencies within the ports of Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki which operated from 1859-1899 till the repeal of the Unequal Treaties. participants of a privileged, semi-colonial neighborhood, the retailers shaped the most important team of usa citizens in nineteenth century Japan. during this first book-length remedy of this workforce, Kevin Murphy explores their interactions with the japanese within the treaty port procedure, how the japanese management manipulated them to its personal ends, and the way the retailers themselves outlined the constraints of yankee enterprise in Japan via their ambiguous yet deep obstacle with order and chance, restraint and dominance, and conservatism and dominance.
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More frequently, businessmen lived outside the foreign concession itself, in more attractive adjacent areas such as the Bluff in Yokohama or Kitano-cho in Kobe beyond the foreign concession area. Moreover, as years passed, and more and more foreigners moved away from the ports themselves under one pretext or another, it became difficult for an increasingly undermanned and harried American consular staff to count its nationals in a given consular district. In Kobe, for example, the consulate was responsible for a wide area including not only the foreign settlements at Hyogo and Osaka, but all the way inland to Kyoto.
Moreover, as years passed, and more and more foreigners moved away from the ports themselves under one pretext or another, it became difficult for an increasingly undermanned and harried American consular staff to count its nationals in a given consular district. In Kobe, for example, the consulate was responsible for a wide area including not only the foreign settlements at Hyogo and Osaka, but all the way inland to Kyoto. Through this large area passed hundreds of Americans: seamen, storekeepers, shopowners, merchants, employees of the Japanese government, missionaries and travelers.
Inside the tea-firing godown was space for 112 pans and a packing room. 94 The amount of land controlled by given companies depended on the nature of their business. Carroll and Company Carroll controlled leases in the foreign concession extensive enough to permit sub-letting to other concerns—the Hiogo News and the Globe Hotel occupied two of its buildings. He also operated a ship chandlery and general store in Hyogo to service merchant and naval vessels, and sold miscellaneous merchandise at a general store in addition to importing and exporting goods.