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Japan and the Meiji Period
The Cabinet wanted to improve Japan's economy and fix the unfair treaties with renegotiation.
They wished to keep the spirit of the Japanese while still being able to compete with the western world.
The Japanese would say: "Japanese spirit, western technology"
The Japanese now embraced the westerners and their technology instead of distancing from it
Meiji's cabinet sent representatives all around the world to learn about the westerners and their technology, laws, institutions, and customs.
After the revolution the emperor was in charge once again, but not really..
The Real people in control were a group of Samurai who helped overthrow the Shogunate
Their name was Meiji's Cabinet
They made a new government that was a mix between Japan's ideals and Germany's system.
The Iwakura Mission
The Cabinet Sent 50 students and 50 officials on a mission to learn about the westerners and they came back with this knowledge.
Education has to change and it has to be mandatory
The government had to be more involved
They had to make ALL religions ok to believe in
They needed to match the british way of colonization.
They would need technical innovations to advance their economy
They decided that japan needed to modernize itself
They made the elective system democratic
They made education mandatory
This was the first time a government had changed so rapidly what values of its original country it would leave behind. This resulted in a big change of worldview.
A New Economy
Businesses became owned by private companies and the government could no longer interfere in business.
following the west's lead, Japan became capitalistic, built functioning public transport, roads, and even steam engines
Japan started to industrialize but couldn't turn that much of a profit due to the treaties they couldn't make a profit.
All young men had to serve in the military for a couple years. this practice is called conscription. This practice would also instill a feeling of nationalism within the solders
Armies were modeled after the german troops and the british navy.
The military was strengthened for fear of invasion, but also for invading others, like they did later on with korea and china
The Japanese social system was completely changed as they got rid of the feudal system
Education became a priority for everyone, not just samurai. Now, instead of people being born into a job, there was enough social mobility so that anyone could be any class with education.