Noriko Tsuya (Keio University)

Reproduction in Early Modern Japan: Data, Methods, and Findings

Abstract: This presentation discusses the data, measures, and major findings of a historical demographic study of reproduction in the 18th- and 19th-century rural Japan, conducted as part of the Eurasian Project on Population and Family History. First, it explains features, strengths and shortcomings of population registration records in early modern Japan, drawing from which we constructed micro-level data files for empirical analyses. It next looks at the analytical models and the variables used in our comparative multivariate
analyses. Finally, it summarizes major findings on preindustrial rural Japan and discusses their implications by comparing to other preindustrial Chinese and European communities.