Japan at a crossroads, marks 150 years since the Meiji era

The country marks 150 years since the Meiji era, mustering the spirit of the period as it finds its footing on the world stage

On this day 150 years ago, an imperial edict was issued to declare the start of the Meiji era, ending the rule of warlords and two centuries of isolationism in Japan.

Under the reign of Emperor Meiji (1868-1912), Japan started to embrace Western ideas from technology to politics, making great leaps in industrialisation and even defeating a European power, Russia, on the battlefield.


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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 'Japan at a crossroads'. Print Edition | Subscribe