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Okubo Toshimichi

Ōkubo Toshimichi (大久保 利通 10 August, 1830 - 1878), Japanese statesman, a samurai of Satsuma, is one of the five great nobles who led the revolution in 1868 against the shogunate.

He was born in Satsuma, now Kagoshima prefecture as the eldest of five children. He studied at the same local school with Saigo Takamori, who was three years older. He became one of the mikado's principal ministers, and in the Satsuma troubles which followed he was the chief opponent of Saigo Takamori. But the suppression of the Satsuma rebellion brought upon him the personal revenge of Saigo's sympathizers, and in the spring of 1878 he was assassinated by six clansmen. Okubo was one of the leading men of his day, and in 1872 was one of the Japanese mission which was sent round the world to get ideas for organizing the new régime.

He was assassinated by Shimada Ichiro and his fellows on his way to Tokyo in 1878.

See also: Meiji Restoration


The article contains materials from 1911 encyclopedia.

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