May 2nd Trivia Solution

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The Meiji Period of Japanese history, which lasted from 1867-1912, involved one of the greatest socio-political transformations in world history. What is the Japanese term used to describe the elder statesman who controlled policy during this period?

Correct answer:

  • Genro

Incorrect answers:
  • Tenno
  • Keiretsu
  • Shijo

Interesting Info:
  • Old oligarchs such as Ito Hirobumi and Aritomo Yamagata pulled the strings behind the scenes, leaving the Meiji Emperor as a symbolic figurehead for the Japanese people. The success of the Meiji period reforms allowed Japan to become a 'first world' nation within several decades, but alas the militarists grabbed control of the national polity and drove Japan towards its disastrous World War II defeat.

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