The timeline above allows you to choose pictures based on the stage of development of the sugar industry at the time. Simply click on the year you wish to go to. You may also choose pictures from the categories listed on the left. To enlarge a picture, click on it, and it will open in a new window.
  WWI caused skyrocketing sugar prices, thus, the establishment of the industry in the Marianas. With the end of the war, prices plummeted, sending the industry towards certain collapse.
  Haruji Matsue arrived in the Marianas in 1921 and set about completely reforming the sugar industry.
 
Haruji Matsue built a mill and an extensive narrow guage railroad system to bring the sugar cane from the fields to the mills.
 
  Soon, the railroad reach over the entire island.
 
With the railroad complete and the factory operational, the NKK made its first shipment of sugar to Japan.
 
 
By 1934, Haruji Matsue's NKK was shipping 640,000 metric tonnes of Sugar per year to Japan.
 
  The start of WWII signaled an end to the sugar king era in the Marianas