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Meiji Restoration seen as turning point for industrialisation

TOKYO • The Meiji Restoration of 1868 was a coup d'etat by a band of disenchanted young samurai warriors and nobles to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, a military government, and to restore the Emperor as the nation's head of state.

This ended seven centuries of feudal rule, during which the Emperor was largely a figurehead, with the Meiji Constitution of 1889 declaring him as the "sacred and inviolable" ruler who holds "supreme command" of the military.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'Meiji Restoration seen as turning point for industrialisation'. Print Edition | Subscribe