If you were a Japanese female in the Meiji Period working in the silk factory was not worth it because you the living conditions were horrible and illness was very common. Japan had a 100 year late start in the industrial revolution. The Tokugawa family which ruled Japan didn’t want any contact from America and Europe from 1603 to 1868, but this changed during the Meiji period in 1868. Under new leaders of Japan launched a campaign to try to catch up to the west. Japan followed Europe by having the Woman in Japan work in the Textile industry, but if the woman refuses they were then forced to go to a brothel and become a prostitute. Although the silk factory seemed to be better than being sold to a brothel, there was still a lot of suffering and depression.
One reason that working in the silk factory is the worst possible job is because of the living conditions. The living conditions in the silk factory were horrible because of the cramp rooms and dining hall. In “Supplementary Document Living conditions” it is shown that the females in the silk factory live inside a dormitory. Each room is a 12-matted room. The evidence indicates that the females didn’t have a good spot to sleep after many hours of hard work. Furthermore, according to “Supplementary document Living conditions” The dining hall was also filthy and the food miso soup, pickles and pickled radishes which are old and smells bad. Sometimes in the miso soup they also can find dead cockroaches. Given this evidence, it is logical that the living conditions as a silk worker are really bad which increases the chance of them getting sick. In conclusion, a reason for being in a silk factory is the worst is because of the living conditions, because of the cramp rooms and food.
Furthermore it is a lot easier to get sick from the silk factory than any other work. The Hygienes in the silk factory are really bad. In (Doc. D) Most of the reasons why females stop working in the silk factory isn’t because they got married. It’s because they got sick from work. 24% was sick and some died. Only 6% got married. This clearly explains that the work or the hygiene in the silk factories are really bad. Further evidence suggests that “Supplementary document Woman in Meiji” Misiko Hane offers light in the same context, “A weeding out process had already taken place. These people had survived the “ordeal.” Many who were less hardy had fallen by the wayside, dying of tuberculosis or even committing suicide.” Therefore, historians may assume that the hygienes in the silk factory are really bad or the work the the females are given were too harsh. Based on the evidence, it is clear that the hygienes in the silk factory was really bad.
As a young female in Meiji Japan, if you were not working in a factory, you could be sold to a brothel. According to “Women in Meiji” females didn’t work in the factory had to be sold to a brothel. This also includes underagedfemales can also be sold to brothels. During the Meiji period in Japan prostitutes were considered less than human. Given the evidence, some conclude that it’s better to go to the factory then having to be sold to a brothel. Although this argument seems convincing at first, in reality the factory workers often suffered greatly from sadness and depression. There didn’t seem to be any hope. In particular, “Document G” is about a girl who wrote a song about how she wanted to go back to her family, but in the end of the song she thought that her family just wanted to sell her again after she came back. Given the evidence, it is therefore logical to conclude that their families have abandoned them and they are going through depression. After looking closely at both sides of the issue, one can see that they are both horrible situations to be in, and that none of them are better situations.
Being a Japanese female in the Meiji Period meant working in the silk factory was not worth it because the living conditions were horrible and illness was very common. After examining the reasons, it is clear that illness, and living conditions make living in the factory horrible. The fatigue that the workers got after work were incredibly high, but what did they get in return were horrid living conditions. The living conditions made them weaker because they stuff, so much woman in a room that if one made a loud sound everyone would wake up. This made them even more fatigue and weakened them to be easier targets for illnesses. In the end, both of the situations are horrible.