The Rise and Development of Nationalism in Meiji, Japan was a Result of Government Modernization Efforts
The rise and development of nationalism in Meiji Japan was a result of government modernization efforts.
The ban on Christianity was lifted and the Meiji government practiced religion toleration. Foreign missionaries were allowed to propagate Christianity and carry out educational and medical work. However, Christianity made little headway among the Japanese. By 1900, less than 1% of the population became Christians.
With the Meiji Restoration, in order to carry out the modernization programme, the Japanese government made Shinto as the state religion so as to push forward their reforms more …show more content…
In the field of education, the Imperial Rescript on Education in 1890 urged the people not to give up their native tradition, such as ancestor-worship, loyalty to superiors and to the state. It is clear that education was to be subordinate to the source of the state. In brief, the educational system was used as a means of arousing a greater sense of nationalism.
At the same time, Meiji government also imposed reform on military field which encouraged the rise of