The emperor Meiji was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo which became the new capital; his imperial power was restored. The actual political power was transferred from the Tokugawa Bakufu into the hands of a small group of nobles and former samurai.
The fall of Edo in the summer of marked the end of the Tokugawa shogunateand a new era, Meiji, was proclaimed. The first reform was the promulgation of the Five Charter Oath ina general statement of the aims of the Meiji leaders to boost morale and win financial support for the new government.
Its five provisions consisted of: Establishment of deliberative assemblies; Involvement of all classes in carrying out state affairs; Revocation of sumptuary laws and class restrictions on employment; Replacement of "evil customs" with the "just laws of nature"; and An international search for knowledge to strengthen the foundations of imperial rule.
To implement the Charter Oath, a rather short-lived constitution with eleven articles was drawn up in June Besides providing for a new Council of Statelegislative bodies, and systems of ranks for nobles and officials, it limited office tenure to four years, allowed public balloting, provided for a new taxation system, and ordered new local administrative rules.
The fifteen-year-old Meiji Emperormoving from Kyoto Meiji japan Tokyo at the end ofafter the fall of Edo The Meiji government assured the foreign powers that it would follow the old treaties negotiated by the bakufu and announced that it would act in accordance with international law.
Mutsuhito, who was to reign untilselected a new reign title—Meiji, or Enlightened Rule—to mark the beginning of a new era in Japanese history.
To further dramatize the new order, the capital was relocated from Kyotowhere it had been situated sinceto Tokyo Eastern Capitalthe new name for Edo. Confirmed in their hereditary positions, the daimyo became governors, and the central government assumed their administrative expenses and paid samurai stipends.
The han were replaced with prefectures inand authority continued to flow to the national government. Formerly old court noblesand lower-ranking but more radical samurai, replaced bakufu appointees and daimyo as a new ruling class appeared.
Emperor Meiji in his fifties. In as much as the Meiji Restoration had sought to return the Emperor to a preeminent position, efforts were made to establish a Shinto -oriented state much like it was 1, years earlier.
Since Shinto and Buddhism had molded into a syncretic belief in the prior one-thousand years and Buddhism had been closely connected with the shogunate, this involved the separation of Shinto and Buddhism shinbutsu bunri and the associated destruction of various Buddhist temples and related violence haibutsu kishaku.
Furthermore, a new State Shinto had to be constructed for the purpose. Inthe Office of Shinto Worship ja: The kokutai ideas of the Mito school were embraced, and the divine ancestry of the Imperial House was emphasized. The government supported Shinto teachers, a small but important move. Although the Office of Shinto Worship was demoted inby the Home Ministry controlled all Shinto shrines and certain Shinto sects were given state recognition.
Shinto was released from Buddhist administration and its properties restored. Although Buddhism suffered from state sponsorship of Shinto, it had its own resurgence.
Christianity also was legalized, and Confucianism remained an important ethical doctrine. Increasingly, however, Japanese thinkers identified with Western ideology and methods.
The Meiji Group offers a wide range of products including confectioneries, dairy goods functional foods, and pharmaceuticals through our two major Group companies, Meiji and Meiji Seika Pharma. In the Tokugawa shôgun ("great general"), who ruled Japan in the feudal period, lost his power and the emperor was restored to the supreme position. The emperor took the name Meiji ("enlightened rule") as his reign name; this event was known as the Meiji Restoration. · a powerful army and. Meiji Period ( - ) In /68, the Tokugawa era found an end in the Meiji Restoration. The emperor Meiji was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo which became .
Meiji oligarchyGovernment of Meiji Japanand Meiji Constitution A major proponent of representative government was Itagaki Taisuke —a powerful Tosa leader who had resigned from the Council of State over the Korean affair in Itagaki sought peaceful, rather than rebellious, means to gain a voice in government.
He started a school and a movement aimed at establishing a constitutional monarchy and a legislative assembly. Itagaki and others wrote the Tosa Memorial ja: Between anda series of land and tax laws were enacted as the basis for modern fiscal policy.
Private ownership was legalized, deeds were issued, and lands were assessed at fair market value with taxes paid in cash rather than in kind as in pre-Meiji days and at slightly lower rates.Editor's Note: This article was originally written for Japan Society's previous site for educators, "Journey through Japan," in Change was the currency of the Meiji .
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