Japan's possible shortages of material for clothing in World War 2. Japanese domestic production of cotton, wool, and silk
Japan Date:1938 Duration:5 min 37 sec Sound:Yes
Illustrated discussion of Japan's limitations in natural resources prior to World War II. Workers shown in textile mills which employed more than half of Japan's factory workers prior to the war, satisfying domestic and export needs. Analysis of the natural resources. Cotton thread is rolled on the spindles in the Textile mills in Japan. Textile mills produce fabric in Japan. Japanese women work in the textile mills. Bales of raw cotton imported from Japanese possessions in Korea and Formosa, and from the United States,India, Brazil and China. They are transported via horse carts and manually pushed on small rail carts to storage buildings for stockpiling. People cultivating some of the small amount of cotton grown in Japan. Horses and cattle used to pull plows in rice paddies. Pigs used as scavengers. Woolen fabric is produced from wool. Some of Japan's very few sheep being sheared for wool. Women working in fields of mulberry trees where silk worms flourish on their leaves. Views of the silk being spun onto spindles in a factory. Silk fabrics being stacked. Illustrated summary highlights Japanese domestic shortages of cotton, wool, and leather needed for clothing.
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