Aug. 2nd, 2020

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Timeline: Kansei 4th year; yin water rat (癸子) year. 1792 in Gregorian calendar.

Events: Kansei Reforms, devised and put into action by Matsudaira Sadanobu, the regent-in-place and chief councilor of Tokugawa Ienari. Economic revisions, failed attempts to impose strict moral rules on the populace, supervision on the Confucian school of Edo. Largely in reaction to the bad economy of earlier years.

The price of rice is unstable in these years, as is the relation of silver to gold currency. Other prices fluctuate, such as that of cotton fiber. Inflation was generally a problem, also in copper coins. There were also considerable regional differences; such as between Edo and Ōsaka. The low price of rice presented a problem for many samurai, who received their salary in rice; especially as other goods had a relatively high price level.



Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.jstor.org --
SORANAKA, Isao (1978): The Kansei Reforms - Success or Failure? In: Monumenta Nipponica 33, 2, p. 151-164.

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