Historical jury still out on Japan's Meiji Restoration

National / History Oct 23, 2018

Historical jury still out on Japan's Meiji Restoration

On July 27, 1853, the Tokugawa shogunate was in crisis. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyoshi passed away from what today is believed to be heat exhaustion at Edo Castle in the heart of Edo, present-day Tokyo. Abe Masahiro, the top samurai bureaucrat under the shogun, had an ...