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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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Luck of the Draw? Outcomes and Disputes

Luck of the Draw? Outcomes and Disputes

(p.145) 7 Luck of the Draw? Outcomes and Disputes
Cultivating Commons

Philip C. Brown

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the impacts of redistribution outcomes, the role of aftermarkets and post-lottery manipulations that moved some cultivators to plots of land other than those they had drawn. Each participant in redistribution drew lots for cultivation rights in each section of the village; however, that principle was not always followed, and some routine exemptions from redistribution were significant. For example, in the Kaga domain shareholders could exclude five percent of their arable cultivation rights from redistribution, and shareholders overwhelmingly chose to exclude residential garden lands (yashikichi). This practice protected the lands in which shareholders had made the heaviest applications of fertilizer, weeded most intensively, and so on.

Keywords:   redistribution outcomes, post-lottery manipulations, cultivators, cultivation rights, yashikichi, redistribution

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