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Press translations [Japan]. Economic Series 0198, 1946-01-23.
Supreme Commander for The Allied Powers. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section.

translation-number: economic-0909

call-number: DS801 .S81

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No. 909 Date: 23 Jan 46


ITEM 1 A Plan for the Distribution of Fats and Oils - Nippon Sangyo Keizai - 22 Jan 46. Translator: R. Shibata.
Full Translation:
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Imperial Fat and Oils Control Company (TEIKOKU YURYO TOSEI KAISHA) have been investigating the volume of fats and oils held in various districts. As a result, it has become clear that 21,274 gross tons of colza-oil and 14 other kinds of fats and oils are held.
On the basis of this, the first plan for distribution has been made. This first distribution will deal with a total quantity of 16,515 tons. In the near future, they will be distributed according to use through controlling groups or provincial governments. The plan is as follows:
Oil for food (provincial governments). Offices under the jurisdiction of the TOKYO Branch of the Imperial Fats and Oils Control Company-4,196; offices under the NAGOYA Branch-1,l6l; offices under the OSAKA Branch-2,003; offices under the SAPPORO Branch-487; total-10,000.
Oil for paint, (the chemical Industry Control Association) (KAGAKU KOGYO TOSEI KAI). The TOKYO Branch of the Imperial Fat and Oils Control Company-240; the OSAKA Branch of the said company-260; total-500.
Oil for soap (the Chemical Industry Control Association); total-4,607.
Oil for miscellaneous industries (the OSAKA-Fu office); total-30.
Oil for salt-making, fishing and agriculture (provincial offices); total-1,378.

ITEM 2 The Fourth Quarter's Coal Yield was Planned to Increase to 3,550.000 Metric Tons - Sangyo Keizai - 23 Jan 46. Translator: S. Iwata.
Full Translation:
The Coal Bureau, which has been re-investigating the fourth quarter's coal yield in accordance with the order from MacARTHUR's Headquarters, has decided to increase the monthly production schedule by 100,000 to 200,000 metric tons.
Revised estimated for the fourth quarter's coal yield; (in 1,000 metric ton) follows:

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ECONOMIC SERIES: 198 (Continued)
ITEM 2 (Continued)
Districts Jan. Feb. March Total
HOKKAIDO 250.0 275.0 340.0 865.0
TOHOKU 101.5 110.0 130.0 34l.5
TOBU 40.5 40.0 50.0 130.5
SEIBU 3.5 3.5 4.0 11.0
YAMAGUCHI 68.5 71.5 96.0 236.0
KYUSHU 586.0 600.0 780.0 1,966.0
Total 1,050.0 1,100.0 1,400.0 3,550.0
ITEM 3 Silk Cocoon Production Aim for 1946 25 Million Kan - Nippon Sangyo Keizai - 23 Jan 46. Translator: Z. Konishi.
Full Translation:
The production of silk cocoons in 1945 was 16,096 thousand kan of spring cocoons and 7,607 thousand kan of summer and autumn cocoons. This is a decrease of a little over l6,600 thousand kan when compared with the same period of the previous year. The primary cause for this decrease is the conversion of mulberry plantations to food-growing farms. This was carried out during the war, while the efforts of sericulturists for production of the summer and autumn cocoon last year were suddenly stopped because of the end of the war. The Agriculture and Forestry authorities are aiming at the swift revision of silk cocoon price in order to encourage the sericulturists. Meanwhile, to increase the acreage of mulberry plantations, the reclamation of devastated plantations is being carried out.
The present acreage of mulberry plantations is approximately 170,000 chobu. Based on this, the production schedule of silk cocoons for 1946 was unofficially fixed at 25 million kan. I final decision is expected shortly.
The acreage of mulberry plantations and the output of silk cocoons during the past ten years has been as follows:
Acreage Output of Cocoons
1937 561 85,972
1938 549 75,256
1939 533 90,818
1940 533 87,546
1941 494 69,848
1942 412 55,851
1943 363 53,938
1944 323 40,312
1945 210 23,703
thousand chobu thousand kan

ITEM 4 465,000 Metric tons of Chemical Fertilizer Set for Production Goal - Nippon Sangyo Keizai - 23 Jan 46. Translator: T. Mitsuhashi.
Full Translation:
The increased production of chemical fertilizer is one of the problems facing us in this food crisis. The result of production will have a great effect on the improvement of rice delivery. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has set, for its production goal, 465,000 metric tons of nitrogenous fertilizer, including ammonium sulphate and nitro-lime, for the period from January to July 1946. For this purpose, every effort will be made to supply the required amount of coal and essential materials for the repair of plants. If the supply of coal is assured, 465,000 metric tons of fertilizer can be produced. The amount will be sufficient to cover the 350,000 or 360,000 metric tons
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ECONOMIC SERIES: 198 (Continued)
ITEM 4 (Continued)
scheduled for distribution by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. This consists of 280,000 metric tons for general distribution in January to July; 50,000 metric tons for special distribution to rice suppliers in January to March; and 20,000 or 30,000 metric tons to cover the shortage in supplies for August to December 1945.
The realization of scheduled production hinges entirely on whether supplies of coal and coke will be kept up. The January supply of coal was insufficient, but the required amount is expected to be obtainable in the near future as coal production shows a steady increase. The details of scheduled production are as follows:
Unit in thousand metric tons
MONTH Ammonium Sulphate Nitro-lime TOTAL
January 32.4 15.0 47.4
February 33.8 16.0 49.8
March 41.8 20.0 61.8
April 45.1 27.5 72.6
May 47.2 27.5 74.7
June 48.7 30.5 79.2
July 49.0 30.5 79.5
GRAND TOTAL 298.0 167.0 465.0
The amount of coal and coke required is as follows:
MONTH Ammonium Sulphate Nitro-Lime Total
Coal Coke Coal Coke Coal Coke
January 90 17 2 26 92 43
February 96 24 2 22 98 46
March 100 30 2 26 102 56
April 110 31 2 43 112 74
May 120 32 2 45 122 77
June 130 33 2 50 132 83
July 135 34 2 59 137 93
GRAND TOTAL 781 201 14 271 795 472

In the first week of January, 3,825 metric tons of ammonium sulphate and 2,052 metric tons of nitro-lime were produced; in the second week, 4,646 metric tons of ammonium sulphate and l,881 metric tons of nitro-lime were produced. In the entire month of January, 20,000 metric tons of ammonium sulphate and 10,000 metric tons of nitro-lime are expected to be produced, this representing about 10 per cent of the scheduled amount.
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