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  • Hello everyone

  • Welcome to Taiwan Bar

  • Today we're going to talk about selling out Taiwan

  • Which um

  • Everyone seems to think is a new thing

  • Goto Shinpei thought Taiwanese people were nothing but a bunch of

  • To Taiwanese people nowadays, this description is

  • Yeah, it's pretty on point

  • Who is this Goto Shinpei?

  • That's Kudō Shin-ichi

  • Their names don't even sound alike!

  • As an intro for Goto Shinpei

  • Let's start our story with

  • The Taiwanese were so close

  • from bonjouring each other like the French The Taiwanese were so close

  • from bonjouring each other like the French

  • Because

  • To understand the importance of this

  • Selling Taiwan incident with Mr. Goto Shinpei

  • Let's start from how the Japanese Rule in Taiwan started

  • In 1895

  • Japan took over Taiwan according to the Treaty of Shimonoseki

  • But couldn't handle Taiwan's crimes

  • All the armed resistances

  • gave the first few governor-generals a big headache

  • During the first three years of the Japanese Rule

  • governor-generals changed back to back to back

  • Even when the fourth governor-general came to office

  • He could still hear them blaka blaka blakas

  • Like Chinese New Year

  • In fact, apart from the resistance

  • The Japanese also got the heebie-jeebies from

  • Taiwan was hot and wet and filled with cutie little diseases

  • Just to give you an idea

  • When Japanese troops were busy invading the south in 1895

  • 160 people were killed in action

  • More than 500 people were wounded

  • But those who died from diseases were up to

  • You can tell by the numbers how serious the epidemics were

  • On top of the casualties

  • Expenditures were also a big problem

  • For example, in 1896

  • Taiwan's public finance-revenue was less than

  • But the expenditures were up to

  • How are you supposed to make ends meet

  • when you're spending three times what you make?

  • Let's clarify something real quick

  • あの

  • The Japanese people that came to Taiwan at that time

  • May be a little different

  • from the clean and polite people we know them to be

  • Because of the hot weather

  • Some Japanese folks stripped down and strolled around

  • Making Taiwanese people feel

  • Not to mention

  • Corruption

  • Robbery

  • Messed up po-po's

  • Let's just say Taiwanese people didn't have a

  • very high opinion of the Japanese back then

  • Making it even worse to be colonized by them

  • As for the Japanese who were sent there

  • They felt like soldiers being sent to the Spratly Islands

  • Taiwan didn't have any decent schools, hospitals or houses

  • But it DID have a bunch of diseases

  • It was like being in exile

  • In fact it was

  • People dying

  • Money spending

  • Both made Mr. Nogi Maresuke

  • When people back in Japan started throwing shade at Taiwan

  • The National Diet wanted to sell Taiwan

  • for a meager 100 million yen to France

  • A debate we call

  • If Taiwan was actually sold to France

  • We could've ended up eating croissants for breakfast

  • And building Eiffel 101's in Taipei

  • Just when Taiwan was about to go full bonjour

  • Even though Taiwan is a hard little nut to crack

  • If we do

  • In the end, the Diet decided to give the government one last chance

  • And Kodama took his right hand man to Taiwan

  • But at that time, Kodama was also

  • So most of the time he wasn't even in Taiwan

  • And the hard work just became Goto Shinpei's job

  • Goto believed that Taiwan must be ruled by

  • For example

  • Flatfish have their eyes on the same side

  • But sea breams have their eyes on opposite sides

  • How could you force a flatfish to grow its eyes on both sides?

  • So let Japanese be Japanese, and Taiwanese be Taiwanese

  • There's no need to impose Japan's rules on Taiwan

  • Like when you date someone

  • You also need to get to know them first

  • Goto decided to take understand the habits of the Taiwanese population

  • before creating corresponding policies

  • First of all

  • He started with a bunch of investigations

  • Land

  • Demographics

  • Forestry

  • and old habits to understand Taiwan

  • Well...you know

  • Goto observed how marriage and ownership worked in Taiwan

  • as a reference for legislative and judicial systems

  • blending in like a chameleon on a rainbow

  • Now we can finally tell you guys

  • how Goto Shinpei solved the two major problems

  • to prevent Taiwan from being sold

  • First off, the money problem

  • Thanks to the land investigations

  • Goto bumped the land rent revenue from

  • to a whopping

  • A threefold growing spurt

  • On the other hand

  • The Monopoly Bureau was also a huge driving force

  • towards Taiwan's financial autonomy

  • The monopoly system meant that

  • only the government could sell certain things

  • and it brought in an average annual income of

  • mainly from selling

  • Especially from opium

  • Opium got the whole team on his back,

  • LeBron James

  • Filling up the scoreboard

  • Carrying half the sales

  • By the way

  • At that time, opium addiction

  • was a deeeeep-rooted social problem in Taiwan

  • But to the government

  • The business was just easy money

  • Anyway

  • Goto Shinpei finally made Taiwan economically self-sufficient

  • What about the public safety problem?

  • Goto sent a kajillion cops

  • Like, a lot of cops

  • Like, an ant army of cops

  • along with community-based watch systems

  • and local militia to protect the world from devastation

  • But Taiwan paid a high price for this so-calledpeace

  • Taiwanese people lived under police surveillance

  • Common folks had to call the policeSir

  • Parents threatened their kids by saying

  • The cops are coming!”

  • And just by seeing the police

  • Everyone wet their pants

  • Later on, Goto proclaimed the Bandit Punishment Ordinance

  • giving the police even greater power

  • More than 5900 people were arrested

  • and more than 3200 of them were executed

  • You can probably guess that Taiwanese people were

  • pretty well behaved after that

  • Now, you probably understand a little bit more about how Kudo

  • How Goto Shinpei prevented Taiwan from being sold to France

  • To sell or not to sell

  • Japan weighed its options rationally from a colonial perspective

  • but also with a romantic touch

  • to prove itself to Western countries

  • Anyhow

  • When we look back at specific parts of history

  • Avoiding emotional judgments is really important

  • for us to get closer to the truth

  • If Taiwan was actually sold to France

  • What would our lives be like now?

  • If you still think that's an easy question to answer...

  • Well, we just wasted 7 minutes!

  • Okay

  • After all that talking, I'm a bit thirsty

  • Let me drink this sake

  • And we'll see you next time

  • Bye!

Hello everyone

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Taiwan for Sale? History of Taiwan

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    kiki posted on 2018/03/23
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