谷中村 第九 官林の払い下げ

谷中村 第九 官林の払い下げ


The start of the Yanaka Village's Flood Management problem is that the Government thought that to buy out the village land as resevoir, instead of building banks to prevent flood running into the area, as the Watarase River's watershed often covered with flooded water and the Yanaga Village area is on top of that.

I will discuss the issue of the design of this reservoir, but for now I would like to reveal the conapispirate guilt of the Government and the capitalist by showing the real cause of the flood.

Around Meiji 21 to 22, the Government sold out the public forest near Asio Copper Mine, about 7600 ha in area, to Ichibee Furukawa and 3700 ha in Tochigi to Anjyou Junsirou. Together up to 13000 ha's public forest and the logs from there, the price was only 11000 yen only. Is this not a questionable fact? And this was the cause of these floods along the bank of Watarase River. Furukawa and Anjyou cut down the trees and the vallies became baren and steep, with no regrowth of plants, leaving only the huge roots of these trees. When the autumn cold rain fell, the water washed away all the sands and rocks from the mountains and washed the Watarase River banks with poisoneous water.

Such floodings were repeated year after year and with every flood from the mountain, there were poisens carried in the flood water and scattered all over the area. So you cannot discuss the floods and pollution separately. The flood came first or the pollution? Watarase and Tone rivers were affected by the clear cutting of the forests at the source, pollutions from the mines and the devastations of the mountaines, which caused the raise of the river beds which led to adding to the force of water once it rained. Nothing stopped the strength of the flood that the banks were broken and the areas were all covered by the water at all. I have already explained the damages and it is now clear that the causes were the pollutions and the clear-cutting of the forests around the mines.

Watarase and Tone rivers cover Tochigi, Gumma, Ibaragi and Saitama. Among these four affected prefectures, Tochigi is the worst of all. The damage was so big that the prefeture could not pay the tax so started local loans of 1080000 yen to repair the river banks. You know the cause was the clear cutting of the forests. It started when the Government sold off these 13000 ha of deep forests at such low price of 13000 yen to Furukawa and Anjo. For the damage caused, the prefecture paid 1080000yen! How irresponsible and lack of common senses these Government officers are!

As the voices raised higher, the Government gave second thoughts and started planting these 13000 ha of land with 96000 yen in Meiji 30, and also agreed to plant trees with 680000yen, more. In Meiji 29, the flood reached Honjo, Tokyo, and washed the Enomoto's Farm House, and the four Governers of Tochigi, Ibaragi, Gumma, Saitama, appealed to the Government, for fear that their situation being revealed to the people of Tokyo, to dredge the river beds and lower the Tone River's beds, and to this the Government paid 6.5 million yen as improvement costs of these rivers. How the Government tried to cover-up the evidence of their guilts is almost pitiful.

But, never the less, these remedies did not have any effects in the end. What's a pitty, what a scandal! The income to the national treasure was only 11000 yen and the cost they paid for repairing the banks, for planting and for dredging, 8 million yen in total. Is this not a shame? Is this not contradiction? Is this not outrageous crime? And what is the result? Nothing changed. Was the forests sold out 13000 ha or more? Was the expenditure of 8 million yen fair and just? I don't believe so.





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