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How did Japan Reshape its Worldview and Begin to Modernize?. February 6 th 2013. New Leadership. Leaders of new Meiji Era were young, intelligent samurai who were eager for change and came to power in 1868.

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new leadership
New Leadership
  • Leaders of new Meiji Era were young, intelligent samurai who were eager for change and came to power in 1868.
    • All had academic and military skills, many had travelled or met Westerners, and studied under Yoshida or Sakuma
  • They had two key goals
    • To modernize Japan and make the economy grow
    • To renegotiate the unequal treaties
the change t hey n eeded to bring
The Change They Needed to Bring
  • They realized Japan needed to change politically and economically.
  • These leaders wanted to distance themselves from old traditions and build a new modern Japan.
  • They looked to Western nations for a model the could apply to the rebuilding of Japan because North America and Europe were wealthy and powerful.
how they m ade t hese changes
How They Made These Changes
  • Japan welcomed what foreigners had to offer.
  • Invited foreign educators and experts in manufacturing and industry.
  • The leaders sent half their members abroad to learn the institutions, laws, and customs of the successful Western nations.
the iwakura mission
The Iwakura Mission
  • In 1871, the new gov. sent 50 officials and 50 students on a 22 month world trip of 12 countries.
  • The purpose: to find the best ideas around the world and bring them back to Japan.
  • Conclusion: Japan was not in any immediate danger of losing its independence to another nation, and they were not as far behind as they thought.
the modernization of japan
The Modernization of Japan
  • The Meiji Period is from 1868-1912 that led to restoration of imperial rule and the entire period of change that occurred during the reign of Emperor Meiji.
  • This is considered beginning of Modern Japan.
  • Japan was in the position to industrialize because the economy under Tokugawa rule had prospered.