chapter  6
Contract conditions
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A labor contract during the Tokugawa period was a guarantee of service, in which one or more people guaranteed that the employee would work for the employer and not cause any trouble. However, this general contract agreement appears in various forms depending upon the relationship between the employer and the employee. Most contracts in the data sample are straightforward agreements of service for benefits provided by the employer, including, but not limited to, wages. In some cases, economic and political factors made the agreements more complicated.