Ito Moemon (伊東茂右衛門)

Moemon ITO (1851 or 1852 - year of death unknown) was a Japanese writer. Go(second name or alias) is Chikuzan. He produced lots of books in economics.

He was born in Tateishi, Hayami County, Bungo Province in 1851 or 1852. He studied at a school of Nakatsu City, Buzen Province and he moved to Tokyo in 1877 to become shosei (a student who is given room and board in exchange for performing domestic duties) of Yukichi FUKUZAWA. FUKUZAWA was hopeful about his future and pretended not to be close with him.

He was familiar with some arts and he read Chinese classic books and foreign books, in addition, he was good at not only mathmatics but also poetry, Waka (Japanese poetry), paintings and Haikai (Japanese seventeen-syllable verse), but what he showed his great ability most was economics. He was said to lead a frugal life, wearing kimono made of cotton for example, and earned tens of thousands of yen (the value at the time).

He was a chief editor of "Jiji Shinpo" founded by FUKUZAWA and also served as a director of advertisement.

In addition to economics-related books, he also left kenbunroku (essays) written in Kanbun (classical Chinese), poetry, and created Waka.

Books
"Kaisanron" (original author, Simmonds, Peter Lund; joint translator, Sadashiro HAMANO, published by Kaitakushi, February 1881)
"Cyugaisanjiyoroku (Outline of sericultural industry)" (first edition, March 1886; second edition, January 1887; third edition, february 1888)
It was contained in "Meijikokisangyohattatsusiryo (Historical materials about industry in the late Meiji period) vol. 167" (Ryukeishosha, january 1993)
"Sangyokeizairoku (Economy of sericultural industry)" (October 1888)
"Hihannikki" (February 1897)
"Keizaijijyo (Essays on economy)" (December 1896)
"Kankoroku" (Published by Tadasanya, February 1904)
"Chikusekisyougen" (joint publisher, Goga Doi, published by Buneido, February 1916)
"Sanshiyoroku (Sericulture handbook)" (date of publication unknown)
"Wabungojyumonogatari" (date of publication unknown)