Sugar cane processing

After the Japanese occupied the Northern Mariana Islands (spoils of War occupied after Japan declared war against Germany) in Oct of 1914, they established a sugar cane plantation in Saipan, but those ventures (two companies operated cane fields/processing in Saipan) ended in 1918 after the price of sugar dropped with the end of the war.

In 1920, Haruji Matsue of Japan restarted the sugar processing efforts on the island of Saipan. His efforts met with many costly set-backs, but eventually succeeded and became profitable by the early 1920s.

Sugarcane became the economic backbone of the islands during the 1930s, and the South Seas Development Company (Nanyo Kohatsu Kaisha - aka NKK) eventually expanded and established operations on the islands of Tinian and Rota.

By 1936, NKK was responsible for approximately 14 million yen worth of sugar and alcohol (from cane) exports.


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