The Satsuma Rebellion

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The Meiji Era controlled most of Japan, except for a small area in the southwestern part of Japan, which was the Satsuma. "Japanese leaders decided that they needed a modern army equipped with the most up-to-date weapons, trained by the best officers of the day: the French and Germans. In 1872, the imperial army was reorganized as a force of 46,000 conscripts from every social class. " The Southwestern domain in Japan refused to become a modernized state, unlike the rest of Japan who willingly accepted change. Many Samurai thought that this change in modernization was betrayal to the jōi, Japanese political philosophy, declining the acceptance of new traditions. The Samurai refused to pull away from their traditional government and culture, but because the Meiji defeated them in the Satsuma Rebellion, it shifted their economics and agriculture.

Emperor Meiji was in rule of Japan from 1852-1912, changing Japan from a feudal state into an imperial power. April 7, 1868, Emperor Meiji created The Charter Oath, stating the goals for the new government and society. “Enrich the nation, strengthen the Military” Meiji began the conversion into a modernized society, filled with western influence. A new system of schooling was created, as well as agricultural advancement. Social and economic class began to become apparent, plus communication and transportation became more…

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