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What Japanese culture was kept after the Meiji Restoration?

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What Japanese culture was kept after the Meiji Restoration?

Meiji Restoration:

In the mid 1800s, Japanese leaders realized how far behind they were other major world powers in terms of technology, trade, and power. They carried out modernization reforms collectively called the Meiji Restoration.

Answer and Explanation:

The culture of the emperor was kept after the Meiji Restoration, even though this restoration ended traditional social class structures like samurai (warriors) and daimyo (lords). The Meiji authorities realized the value of the emperor as a figurehead: emperors in Japan had traditionally never had much power, and while this political structure largely continued, they did understand how important it was for society to have this head of state. The divine nature of the emperor was (and to a degree still is) so important in Japanese society that the Restoration would likely have failed if the emperor had been deposed.


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Read about the Meiji Restoration and its effects. Learn when the Meiji Restoration began, its main goal, what caused it, and how it changed Japan.


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