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15_476_120308_Meiji and Modern Japan

2 3 howcanweexplainanaristocracyde classingitself

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Unformatted text preview: y 1890s Mitsui Bank building in Tokyo Question Question 1. 2. 3. How can we explain an aristocracy de­ classing itself? Regional – domination of Satsuma and Chōshū International threat – overriding class interests Support of key non­samurai groups for the goals of the Restoration Economic reform: Economic reform: Role of the Government Establishment of a uniform land tax 3% in 1873; 2.5% in 1878 Reliable source of revenue Communications infrastructure Underwriting of initial industrial v...
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