TITLE: A Money Doctor from Japan: Megata Tanetaro in Korea, 1904-1907
SPEAKER: Michael Schiltz
EVENT DATE: 2007/12/05
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 61 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
It is by now established knowledge that Japanese colonialist policies versus Korea cannot have been motivated by economic profits. Literature on Japanese imperialism does, however, fail to address the role of a series of monetary and financial reforms the Japanese government sought to implement after the peninsula had been turned into a protectorate. In his lecture, Michael Schiltz demonstrates how the 'Megata reform', as it came to be called, factually turned Korea into a subsidiary of the Japanese economy. It was a tool aimed at macroeconomic control; it attempted to redefine the position of Korea as one element in an holistic Japan-led Lebensraum (later referred to as the Greater East-Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere).
Speaker Biography: Michael Schiltz is a Kluge Fellow in the John W. Kluge Center and a professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium.