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Japanese Culture And History In Modern Times

on August 21, 2012
The Meiji Emperor (1868–1912), in whose name i...

The Meiji Emperor (1868–1912), in whose name imperial rule was restored at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Japanese Culture And History In Modern Times


The Japanese new emperor, Emperor Meiji, was only 16 years old when he came to power. It seems very unwise to put a 16 year old teenager as the leader of a country in trouble, but he turned out to be the right person at the right time.


He created a huge industrial and military progress in less than 10 years. He transformed the Ancient Japanese Culture from a feudal society to an industrialized country. He started a compulsory military service.
AAs a result, the Samurai were left without a position for the first time.
See More: Secrets Of The Samurai Culture

The progress was so fast and so extreme that Japan became a leading military force.
Japan started conquering territories in the countries surrounding her – Russia, Korea and China.
Japan’s growing power made the Americans and the British feel a bit uneasy.


Around that interesting time emperor Meiji died. His son and grandson followed his line of extreme nationalism.


The climax was the attack on the US naval base in Pearl Harbor Hawaii (1941) that brought the United States to declare world war 2. Japanese history was at a turning point.
After a long fight the United States wiped out Hiroshima and Nagasaki with two atomic bombs.
The bombs killed approximately 130,000 people instantly in Japan.
The defeat forced Emperor Hirohito to surrender to the United States.
The Americans allowed the emperor to remain in his position, because they were concerned of panic among the Japanese people.

After World War 2 Japanese cities were in ruins. Japan lost 2 million people during World War 2.
To follow the American demands after World War 2, Japanese army was dismantled. The emperors’ role was declared symbolic and Japan adopted a democratic constitution for the first time.
The feudal system was eliminated and by starting a compulsory military service the Japanese warriors were left without a position.
Carrying authentic Japanese Samurai swords in the streets was forbidden for the first time.


Continue Reading:

History of the Samurai

Tokyo History

Brief History Of Japan


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