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Cultivating CommonsJoint Ownership of Arable Land in Early Modern Japan$
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Philip C. Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833923

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833923.001.0001

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Warichi and Natural Hazard

Warichi and Natural Hazard

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Cultivating Commons

Philip C. Brown

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the degree to which there is a relationship between redistribution interval and the natural environment by plotting out four villages that periodically redistributed cultivation rights on elevation maps prepared with geographical information system (GIS) technology. The study shows that four villages in the Nadachi area have all been assigned intervals of five years; the nine upstream villages have all been assigned an interval of ten years. In still other cases, intervals for a given village were different for different categories of land (residential, paddy, dry, mountain/common land). A closer examination reinforces the impression that redistribution intervals are frequently not directly related to the risk of flood or landslide.

Keywords:   redistribution interval, natural environment, cultivation rights, elevation maps, GIS technology

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