Glorified Position Of Japan During The Tokugawa

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The last remnant of the failures during the Tokugawa was the glorified position of the samurai. The Tokugawa was very much a militaristic society, so when it came to the samurai they were coveted and compensated heavily. This caused a lot of social and economic strain during the Tokugawa. As Japan modernized during the Meiji, the need for the samurai diminished. Meiji officials set to permanently get rid of all the social structures created during the Tokugawa, namely the position of the samurai, which was becoming an expensive financial burden. They did so by taxing them, creating a mandatory armed force (making samurai obsolete), and disallowing samurai to walk around with their sword (social status). Eventually a group of samurai rebelled
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