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Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji (1852 - 1912) was also known as Meiji the Great.  He ruled from February 3, 1867 to the day he died on July 30, 1912.

Japan went through profound changes during the reign of this man.  His birth name was Mutsuhito, and he was the 122nd emperor of his country.

When he was born, Japan was:

  • Isolated from other countries, particularly the West
  • Pre-industrial, where people were mostly agrarian
  • Feudal, because the country was dominated by Shoguns
  • Decentralized, where the country had more than 250 different domains.

At the time of Emperor Meiji’s death, Japan was:

  • Open to the West, and other countries
  • Industrialized, and on its way to becoming a world power
  • No longer dominated by Shoguns
  • A politically centralized, capitalist country with imperial objectives.

When Meiji died, his obituary in the New York Times included these words:

The contrast between that which preceded the funeral car and that which followed it was striking indeed. Before it went old Japan; after it came new Japan.

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