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    During the Meiji Restoration era, Japan underwent many political, social and economic changes. These changes were truly revolutionary and occurred throughout the decade following the year 1868. These changes occurred in the same time period as many other countries all over the world. However, in Japan’s case, rather the commoners taking power from the monarchy, aristocracy was the one that initiated the changes which led to this time period in Japan being called “aristocratic revolution” (Grant, 62). These are some of the political, social and economic changes during the Meiji era. A major political change of the Meiji regime was the abolition of the daimyo domains. While the Meiji revolutionaries were happy that the Tokugawa fell easily,…

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    The Meiji Restoration, also known as the Reign of the Meiji Emperor was a massive movement that took place in 1868, which brought about an industrialization in Japan. The movement began when the Tokugawa Shogun, who ruled Japan; who lost his power due to being overthrown, was replaced by the emperor of Japan to the supreme position. The emperor chose “Meiji” as the name for his rule as it referred to the “Enlightened Rule”. As the nation began restoring itself, it had to tackle many of its…

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    Japan's Tokugawa, or Edo, period existed from 1603 to 1868, until it underwent many rapid key developments, transforming the traditional Japanese government, society, and culture into the modern Meiji Restoration of 1868. The Meiji Restoration overturned the long-reigning Tokugawa shoguns and pushed Japan into a modern era. During the Tokugawa period there were many blossoming developments that prompted the modernisation of Japan to take place such as the decline of the Bakufu (military…

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    Introduction Fukoku-Kyōhei, meaning “enrich the country and strengthen the military” quickly became the motto for a reinvigorated Japan stepping onto the global stage commanded by the West, while also acting as the mold for which they would inevitably fit through their rather abrupt transformation: The Meiji Restoration (Christensen 1). What may have ultimately began as an endeavor to modernize, may have also become the trigger for exponential societal change and an undertaking that would…

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    The Meiji Restoration transformed and introduced Japan to an industrialised western culture which influenced Japan’s social structure and values. The Meji restoration brought tremendous social change as millions of people were suddenly able to choose their occupation and move without restriction. By providing a new financially secure environment, the government increased it’s investment in new industries and technologies. As Japan citizens began to live in cities that introduced them to abroad…

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    When Japan signed the treaties they recognized extraterritoriality: “immunity from the jurisdiction of local law, usually as the result of diplomatic negotiations.”17 Japan could not try foreigners if they committed a crime they were to return back home and be judge. This was called extraterritoriality and Japan found away around it. Wisely borrowing the laws from Britain they hired foreigners to do their Constitution and civil laws and just like that one of those commands diminished. “A key to…

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    effects of Japan's Meiji Restoration(1868) from 1840 to 1920 were important to Japan and to the rest of the international community. The Meiji Restoration was influential in the industrialization of East Asia and increased globalization with countries outside of Europe and North America. The context of this Meiji Restoration was the increased influence and trade of European and North American countries on other countries around the world. There was the Berlin Conference that partitioned Africa…

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    The Japanese Meiji Restoration, which took place in 1868, is memorable as one of the major turning points in the country’s history. The Main causes that lead to The Meiji restoration are debated by Historians as they argue over their differing opinions. One of the major causes commonly shared however being the rise and fall of The Tokugawa Shogunate during the period of 1603-1868 before the Meiji period. Another cause being the outside pressure from foreigners convincing Japan that they needed…

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    Ainu In Japanese Culture

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    It is particularly worth mentioning is the Ainu ancient poetry "jukkala" (Yukar), with its unique form of folk literature and grand ideological content, is well known in the literary world, it is even considered one of the world 's five narrative poems. Hokkaido dense forests, vast wilderness and the blue sea is the Ainu living home, before Yamato arrived, they lived a rich and peaceful life. Meiji two years (1869) in July, Japanese emperor Meiji set up a "pioneer" in Hokkaido, a large…

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    Saigō Takamori was born on on 1827/12/7 in the Castletown of Kagoshima, an isolated area within the Satsuma domain under the control of the Shimazu clan which had established themselves as the oldest living clan in Japan at the time of his birth. The Shimazu clan were of notable prestige in that they were the only clan that received foreign ambassadors in a time when, under the orders of the Tokugawa Shogunate (the shogunate was a council of military commanders led primarily by a single domain),…

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