In Osaka Museum of History, featured exhibition 90th Anniversary The Rice Riot and the Establishment of Area Commissioner System in Osaka is held at featured exhibition room at 8th floor.
This year 2008 (Heisei20) is the 90th anniversary of the Rice Riot broke out in Taisho7 (1918), not only in Osaka but urban area of nation wide. After the incident people was awakened as the leading character of history, the various movement relating labor, farmer and universal suffrage became active, the movement known as Taisho democracy had taken place.
When the riot began, Osaka prefecture and Osaka city carried out rice selling activity together to deal with the difficult situation. The local influential person who became the member of area commissioner later worked together this project. Our Osaka Museum of History owns the documents relating this rice selling activity. And one of the results of Rice riot, the area commissioner system which was the model of district welfare commissioner system at present was established in Osaka prior to another area. During that time most of local influential person were appointed as area commissioner without reward to help the poor. Our Museum also owns the materials relating this system including the note of area commissioner, on which the commissioner recorded their daily activity in detail.
This exhibition introduces the rice selling project during the Rice Riot and the activity of area commissioner, and we hope this exhibition also will be the opportunity to think and examine the impact of the Rice Riot gave on Osaka.
- Principal Materials -
Admission ticket for a rice store of Osaka
Osaka Museum of History, donated by Kumada Sanae
Notebook of area commissioner
Osaka Museum of History, donated by Ikeda Keiko
Diary of Seki Hajime
Osaka City tangible designated cultural property, Seki Jun’ichi