Meiji Restoration

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The Meiji Restoration (明治維新, Meiji Ishin), referred to at the time as the Honorable Restoration (御一新, Goisshin), and also known as the Meiji Renovation, Revolution, Regeneration, Reform, or Renewal, was a political event that restored practical imperial rule to Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji. Although there were ruling emperors before the Meiji Restoration, the events restored practical abilities and consolidated the political system under the Emperor of Japan. The goals of the restored government were expressed by the new emperor in the Charter Oath.

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Meiji Restoration
Part of the end of Edo period and Boshin War
Emperor Meiji in 1873
Date3 January 1868

Overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate

Flag_of_Japan_%281870%E2%80%931999%29.svg Empire of Japan Mon-Tokugawa.png Tokugawa shogunate
Commanders and leaders
Flag_of_the_Japanese_Emperor.svg Emperor Meiji
Flag_of_Choshu_domain.svg Ōkubo Toshimichi
Flag_of_Choshu_domain.svg Saigō Takamori
Flag_of_Satsuma_domain.svg Kido Takayoshi
Mon-Tokugawa.png Tokugawa Yoshinobu

The Restoration led to enormous changes in Japan's political and social structure and spanned both the late Edo period (often called the Bakumatsu) and the beginning of the Meiji era, during which time Japan rapidly industrialized and adopted Western ideas and production methods.