Many key developments during the Meiji Restoration played a significant role that allowed modernisation to occur in Japan. The period of the Meiji Restoration which began in 1868 under the control of Emperor Meiji was a time that propelled Japan in a modernised manner through the variety of changes that had developed. This additionally allowed Japan to adopt the notions of technology and the economic, political and social systems of other western countries such as the USA. Some of the key developments that happened included the downfall of the Bakufu which evoked political change, the changing role of the Samurai whereby provoking cultural and social innovations and the arrival of Commodore Perry that sparked a new existence of military reform.
In 1868, the Tokugawa shogun lost his power and status, leading to the beginning of the Meiji Restoration by the Meiji emperor. To restore the emperor’s power, the capital was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. This was also the period Japan exposed itself to Western influences, following Commodore Perry’s demands for Japan to open up to trade in 1853. The development of modern Japan saw changes in the kimono that reflected this Western influence and the subsequent social, political and economic changes in Japan. Firstly, in the social aspect, the Western influence on Japan lead to an increased sense of national identity amongst the Japanese.
Japan soon became the first Asian country that had been through the stage of industrialization at that time. Japan started to industrialized during the Meiji Era which is about 1868 to 1912, Japan was able to industrialize because government encouraged businesses and trade, social order was reorganized and people began to accept western technology while some began to expertise. Government encouraged new businesses and trade by giving support on capital needs, they also sent diplomats to Europe and North America to study Western style of culture. Social order was reorganized by creating a large middle class of businessman, at the same time, unemployment was also resolved. The idea of westernization first started during the Tokugawa era and then slowly spread throughout the country.
People thinks of North Korean propaganda as communist propaganda, probably because of the URRS influence over North Korea but the truth is that the country’s propaganda comes from a unique mix of ideals and culture. The influence of Japanese culture is greater than East communist influence contrary to what we might think, and we can observe this influence in the type of propaganda that the Kim regime has used from its roots, using an imperial Japanese propaganda, based in a dominant dualism, in this case Kim Il Sung chose purity versus impurity. Kim Il Sung borrowed the elements that the Japanese leader, Hirohito had implemented during Japan’s occupation and that people had already learned and accepted. Hirohito, who was considered by the North Korean as the parent of the childlike race, Great Marshal, who their nation must hold him up at the highest as he was the sun to their nation and even die if it was necessary to protect him. Kim made use of this references changing few points and this made him a great fit to what the people thought they needed as a leader to take care of their nation and race.
Japanese Meiji Period1 was period in which Japan opened its doors to the outside world and laid foundation for Modern Japan by absorbing and assimilating Western culture and architecture was no exception. The industrial revolution began about 1870 as Meiji period leaders decided to catch up with the West. It inaugurated a new Western-based education system for all young people, sent thousands of students to the United States and Europe, and hired Westerners to teach modern science, mathematics, technology, and foreign languages in Japan. The Japanese architectural profession was established in this period and therefor, architects were trained in the lastest construction methods and in Western styles. Westernization of the building professions
The United States of America joined the rest of the world in imperializing non-industrialized countries for economic and political reasons. Europe holds the first imperial nations, of places such as Great Britain, Spain and France, which were motivated by money and power. Imperial nations conquered new lands to boost their national pride and gain economic power. The United States of America displayed a manner of control similar to the European means of imperialism, while not as strict, they still held the same economic motivations and displayed strong control on the Pacific islands through the Platt Amendment. Although the US carried out a lesser form of imperialism, they also contradicted imperial ideology by allowing the Philippines to be able to break away and become independent, something the European countries would greatly resent.
The introduction of papermaking technology and movable-type printing accelerated the universalization of national education of western countries, promoted the establishment of European religion, politics and capitalism, and laid the foundation of modern western civilization. After Zhang Qian going to the western region, China’s iron and smelting technology was introduced to central Asia. As one of the most important symbols of social productivity
Was the Meiji Restoration a revolution? By adapting the motto of the Meiji Restoration “wealthy country and strong arms,” the Meiji Restoration was successful instilling a sense of nationhood standing against the Western Powers and have transformed Japan into an economic juggernaut having one of the top economy in the world. The Meiji Restoration was a significant turning point in Japanese history because it led to revolutionary changes in Japan’s economic and political structures. But whether the Meiji Restoration is a revolution is still up for debate. The Meiji Restoration may not be a revolution in the traditional sense however it can’t be denied that the steps taken and changes made were revolutionary.
This is because the United States and Japan have different cultures, languages, and negotiation styles. Although Japan is a Western industrialized nation, it is a country where people still maintain strong traditional beliefs that have been embedded in Japan for centuries. These include the traditional concepts of order, hierarchy, seniority, and social harmony, which in turn have formed the unique Japanese negotiation styles of step-by-step negotiation and consensus decision-making or the ringi system. With the expansion of Japanese business activities into the international arena, however, Japanese negotiators may adjust their tactics to achieve their objectives. While Japan and the United States are sure to develop their economic relationship further, the gaps and differences in culture, language, and negotiation style can be narrowed or bridged if negotiators actively seek to recognize, understand, and tolerate these differences.
Tutor’s name: iv. Tutorial group: E2 v. Total word count: Essay 1: In the early 19th century, compared to other part of the world, Singapore’s development is remarkable and visible. Three lobby groups were eager to claim for the recognition of being the main contributor to this rapid flourish. All these three lobby groups which include Raffles’ team (Raffles, Farquhar and Crawfurd), European and Asian merchants and the British Empire had irreplaceable effects on the success of early colonial Singapore. I strongly suggest that Raffles’ team should have the honor because they led the way of Singapore’s development in early colonial period by developing its strategic significance, carrying out unique policies and settling the foundation for multi-cultural society.