An analysis of the meiji restoration and the plausibility of a new japanese emperor

The Tokugawa bakufu quickly moved to bolster social order by implementing harsh restrictions, including limits on provincial daimyo, unequal social class mobility, and interactions with foreigners, which would eventually serve as significant sources of its decline. Following the Battle of Sekigahara ofIeyasu Tokugawa and his successors instituted numerous restrictions on daimyo by forbidding formal alliances, managing family marriages, withholding political positions, and requiring pledges of loyalty Gordon The bakufu even confiscated and relocated whole domains, cushioning family domains shinpan from domains of previously unallied daimyo tozama with domains controlled by close allies fudai. These restrictions fed antagonisms towards the Tokugawa bakufu, specifically in the western Japanese provinces which would facilitate the Meiji Restoration of the mid-nineteenth century.

An analysis of the meiji restoration and the plausibility of a new japanese emperor

Pseudohistorical Fantasies into Anti-Semitic Nightmares " Apocalypse scenario writer source "If we were to follow the theory that the [Japanese] Imperial Family is part of the Hebrew lineage, then [Masakado] would also become the one who opposed the Jews.

The imperfect hero, so to speak. It would be cool if that kind of man existed. Its nature is self-evident, proposing that the Japanese are secretly descended from an ancient tribe of Israel.

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It sounds crazy, but it's no theory that its ideas have received some serious endorsements from Atlus staff, from a series scenario writer all the way up to top dog Kazuma Kaneko himself. This article promises to be the most in-depth investigation possible of Shin Megami Tensei's usage of Japanese-Jewish common ancestry theory--including a dark side of anti-Semitism, as alleged by the title.

But even as the series shoots itself in the foot with its handling of certain matters, SMT's application of Japanese-Jewish common ancestry theory is surprisingly broad and deserving of the diverse range of discussion topics contained within, including: The history of the theory and its main arguments, as pertaining to SMT Elucidating the series' portrayal of YHVH The supernatural force that actually powers demon summoning in the series The significance of Nocturne's Baal Avatar Why certain Japanese demons are Jewish Explanations of some of Kaneko's weirder comments Why Raidou Kuzunoha actually serves YHVH And of course, a full analysis of the anti-Semitic themes that emerge from misuse of the theory This is a huge subject, the revelations of which have huge ramifications for Shin Megami Tensei and Atlus.

It is unlikely you will view SMT the same way again after discovering how the theory permeates myriad aspects of the series both anticipated and unanticipated.

A Brief History of Japanese-Jewish Common Ancestry Theory Before we get to the "evidence" cited by supporters of Japanese-Jewish common ancestry theory hereafter referred to as JJCAT, for my sanity and yoursa brief history of the idea is in order, to establish the caliber of thought we're dealing with here.

It is, essentially, the stuff of fringe theories and selective interpretations. Though there are some limited precedents set by Christian missionaries in both China and Japan in the 15th and 16th centuries, according to the book Jews in the Japanese MindThe first Japanese-Jewish common ancestry theory was not the brainchild of a Japanese or a Jew but of a Scot named Norman McLeod, who published his Epitome of the Ancient History of Japan in In the preface, McLeod wrote that he had arrived in Japan inthe last year of the Tokugawa regime, and that he intended to produce an illustrated, twelve-volume description of the country similar to Engelbert Kaempfer 's famous three-volume chronicle of the s.

McLeod explained that he was publishing the present volume in anticipation of that magnum opus, which would improve upon Kaempfer's work by giving "a more accurate and detailed account of the origin of the Japanese, with a description of their Jewish belongings. Christian, though a limited number are of other religions as well.

But, by and large, Japanese Christians comprise the majority of the theory's adherents and they would be the driving force behind its propagation. Jews in the Japanese Mind offers the idea that it was part of an ethnocentric trend found in Western colonial societies: While there is no evidence that McLeod influenced Japanese common ancestry theorists directly, it seems likely that he and they were the products of the same English tradition of speculation on the fate of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.

As early as the s, writers in England had debated whether the American Indians were descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes, and that debate continued into the twentieth century. By the turn of the twentieth century, the theory that the English were descendants of the Jews had an estimated two million adherents in England and the United States, and one contemporary authority described the literature on the subject as "enormous.

These brief mentions highlight the nature of religiously-motivated ethnocentrism. In such a worldview, any undocumented peoples or foreign, yet sophisticated, cultures whose very existence would seemingly contradict the biblical narrative are instead attributed a supernatural or extraordinary origin; what once were contradictions are now reinterpreted in support of the original narrative, in this case the Christian Bible.

Everything must fit into a neat timeline, like the online fandom discussions of modern times. Saeki But with the Meiji Restoration the sluices holding back the flood of Western influence were opened, which importantly included Japanese nationals studying abroad at Western universities.

The rise of Japanese imperialism and nationalism notwithstanding, the doctrine of Judeo-Christian ethnocentrism would impact those Japanese who converted to Christianity. One of them was "a respected scholar" Jews in the Japanese Mind by the name of Saeki Yoshirowho "was one of the first to formally propose the theory of Japanese-Jewish common ancestry.

The Successful OutsidersOver thirty years [after McLeod proposed his theory], inSaeki Yoshiro, a Waseda University professor, a Christian, and expert on Chinese Nestorianspublished a book in which he developed a somewhat similar theory.

According to Saeki, the Hata clanwhich arrived from Korea and settled in Japan in the third century, was a Jewish-Nestorian tribe Saeki's writings spread the theory about "the common ancestry of the Japanese and the Jews" in Japan, a theory that was endorsed by some Christian groups.

Jews in the Japanese Mind goes on to say about Saeki, The fact that Saeki concludes that the Hata clan could only have been Jewish from a torturously derived allusion to "Jesus, the Messiah" indicates the essentially Christian and rather desparate nature of his theory.

Oyabe Saeki's theories would quickly find favor with other Japanese Christians, such as Oyabe Zenichiro The Successful Outsiders Oyabe introduced the idea that the Japanese people, particularly the Japanese imperial line, were descended from Jews, namely that the Japanese mythical Emperor Jimmu is actually an allusion to the scattered Jewish tribes.

He also proposed that Minamoto no Yoshitsune escaped death only to flee to the Asian mainland and assume the identity of Genghis Khan.

Jews in the Japanese Mind describes Oyabe's motivations: As was true for Saeki, [Oyabe's] basic assumption is that Japan is a holy nation. Christianity, he asserts, had been prefigured in Shinto, but the Japanese religion had, for unspecified reasons, failed to keep pace with the times.

By studying Christianity, Oyabe says he had hoped to bring Shinto up to date so that it as the Japanese national expression of Christianity could be come the salvation of all Japanese. Kubo, building off of the work of Saeki and Oyabe, is the modern voice of JJCAT, evidenced by the fact that any search for the topic brings up websites with his name and work attached to them, most of them mere clones of some presumed archetype.

It's mostly Kubo's website s that I'll be using when discussing JJCAT in relation to Shin Megami Tensei, under the assumption that his writings will be the most "up-to-date" in a sense and thus the most relevant to SMT in the '90s up to the present day. My primary source for this section will be an archived version of Kubo's web page Israelites Came to Ancient Japan page 2 page 3 page 4as it seems to have moved around a lot over the years.

However, the information appears to be largely identical between versions. Any other sources used will be noted appropriately.Jun 30,  · Proponents of Japanese-Jewish common ancestry theory were inspired by this same trend. But with the Meiji Restoration the sluices holding back the flood of Western influence were opened, which importantly included Japanese nationals studying abroad at Western universities.

the Japanese emperor, is a descendant of the Hebrew Author: Stealing Knowledge. The nation is at a new crossroads. Menu. The Diplomat with a central focus on imperial rule under the Emperor Meiji. The Restoration is one of the two great divides of modern Japanese history.

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The Meiji Restoration restored the Japanese emperor to poet in , and lead to the subsequent modernization of Japan. The new leaders abolished the old decentralized government and formed a strong unified state.

I examine the plausibility of this explanation in cases of continuity and change in Japan's identity in the 19th century and the Soviet Union's identity in the 20th century — in both instances challenging the common wisdom that identity was a direct product of international pressures. The Meiji Restoration was a political and social revolution in Japan in , which ended the power of the Tokugawa shogun and returned the Emperor to a central position in Japanese politics and culture.

The Meiji restoration refers to the re-emergence of an emperor in Japan. This change in power came after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which was caused by the uprising of a group of Samurai who were pro-modernization in Japan.

An analysis of the meiji restoration and the plausibility of a new japanese emperor
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