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Prince

It? Hirobumi
Ito Hirobumi as President of Rikken Seiyu Kai in 1903.jpg
President of the Privy Council of Japan

14 June 1909 - 26 October 1909
MonarchMeiji
Yamagata Aritomo
Yamagata Aritomo

13 July 1903 - 21 December 1905
Saionji Kinmochi
Yamagata Aritomo

1 June 1891 - 8 August 1892
Oki Takato
Oki Takato

30 April 1888 - 30 October 1889
Position established
Oki Takato
Prime Minister of Japan

19 October 1900 - 10 May 1901
MonarchMeiji
Yamagata Aritomo
Saionji Kinmochi (Acting)

12 January 1898 - 30 June 1898
Matsukata Masayoshi
?kuma Shigenobu

8 August 1892 - 31 August 1896
Matsukata Masayoshi
Kuroda Kiyotaka (Acting)

22 December 1885 - 30 April 1888
Position established
Kuroda Kiyotaka
Additional positions
President of the House of Peers

24 October 1890 - 20 July 1891
Position established
Hachisuka Mochiaki
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

September 1887 - February 1888
MonarchMeiji
Inoue Kaoru
?kuma Shigenobu
Personal details
Born
Hayashi Risuke

(1841-10-16)16 October 1841
Tsukari, Su?, Japan
Died26 October 1909(1909-10-26) (aged 68)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Cause of deathAssassination
Resting placeHirobumi Ito Cemetery, Tokyo, Japan
Political partyIndependent (Before 1900)
Constitutional Association of Political Friendship (1900-1909)
Spouse(s)It? Umeko (1848-1924)
Children3 sons, 2 daughters
FatherIt? J?z?
Alma materUniversity College London[1]
Signature
Japanese name
Kanji
Hiragana ?
Katakana ?

Prince It? Hirobumi ( , 16 October 1841 - 26 October 1909, born as Hayashi Risuke and also known as Hirofumi, Hakubun and briefly during his youth as It? Shunsuke) was a Japanese politician who was the first Prime Minister of Japan.

He was a preeminent member of Japan's genr?, an elite group of senior statesmen who dominated the Meiji oligarchy. A London-educated samurai of the Ch?sh? Domain and leader of the early Meiji Restoration government, he chaired the bureau which drafted the Meiji Constitution in the 1880s. Looking to the West for inspiration, It? rejected the United States Constitution as too liberal and the Spanish Restoration as too despotic. He instead drew on British and German models, particularly the Prussian Constitution of 1850. Dissatisfied with Christianity's pervasiveness in European legal precedent, he replaced such religious references with those rooted in the more traditionally Japanese concept of a kokutai or "national polity" which hence became the constitutional justification for imperial authority.

By 1881, It? Hirobumi emerged as the dominant figure in the Restoration regime.[2] In 1885, he became the first Prime Minister of Japan, an office his constitutional bureau created. He went on to hold the position four times, thereby becoming one of the longest serving PMs in Japanese history. Even out of office as Prime Minister, he wielded enormous influence over the nation's policies as a permanent Imperial Adviser, or genkun, and an intermittent President of Japan's Privy Council. A staunch monarchist, It? favored a large, all-powerful bureaucracy which answered solely to the Emperor and opposed the formation of political parties. His third term as Prime Minister was ended in 1898 by the opposition's consolidation into the Kenseit? party, prompting him to found the Rikken Seiy?kai party to counter its rise. In 1901, he resigned his fourth and final ministry upon tiring of party politics.

On the world stage, It? presided over an ambitious foreign policy. He strengthened diplomatic ties with the Western powers including Germany, the United States and especially the United Kingdom. In Asia, he oversaw the First Sino-Japanese War and negotiated the surrender of China's ruling Qing dynasty on terms aggressively favourable to Japan, including the annexation of Taiwan and the release of Korea from the Chinese Imperial tribute system. While expanding Japan's territorial claims in Asia, It? sought to avoid tensions with the Russians through the policy of Man-Kan k?kan - the proposed surrender of Manchuria to the Russian Empire's sphere of influence in exchange for recognition of Japanese hegemony in Korea. A diplomatic tour of the United States and Europe brought him to Saint Petersburg in November 1901, where he was unable to find compromise on this matter with Russian authorities. Subsequently, the government under Prime Minister Katsura Tar? elected to abandon the pursuit of Man-Kan k?kan, thereby resulting in an escalation of tensions which culminated in the Russo-Japanese War.

After Japan emerged victorious over Russia, the ensuing Japan-Korea Treaty of 1905 made It? the first Japanese Resident-General of Korea. He initially supported the sovereignty of the indigenous Joseon monarchy as a Protectorate under Japan, but he eventually accepted and agreed with the increasingly powerful Imperial Japanese Army, which favoured the total annexation of Korea, resigning his position as Resident-General and taking a new position as the President of the Privy Council of Japan in 1909. Four months later, It? was assassinated by Korean-independence activist and nationalist An Jung-geun in Manchuria.[3][4] The annexation process was formalised by another treaty the following year after Ito's death. Through his daughter Ikuko, It? was the father-in-law of politician, intellectual and author Suematsu Kench?.

Early years

Letter of It? Hirobumi

It?'s birth name was Hayashi Risuke (). His father Hayashi J?z? was the adopted son of Mizui Buhei who was an adopted son of It? Yaemon's family, a lower-ranked samurai from Hagi in Ch?sh? Domain (present-day Yamaguchi Prefecture). Mizui Buhei was renamed It? Naoemon. Mizui J?z? took the name It? J?z?, and Hayashi Risuke was renamed to It? Shunsuke at first, then It? Hirobumi. He was a student of Yoshida Sh?in at the Sh?ka Sonjuku and later joined the Sonn? j?i movement ("to revere the Emperor and expel the barbarians"), together with Katsura Kogor?. Active in the movement, he took part in an incendiary attack of the British legation on 31 january 1863 led by Takasugi Shinsaku, and in the company of Yamao Y?z? attacked and mortally wounded the head of the Wagakuk?dansho institute on 2 february 1863, believing a false report that the institute was looking into ways of toppling the Emperor[5]. It? was chosen as one of the Ch?sh? Five who studied at University College London in 1863, and the experience in Great Britain eventually convinced him Japan needed to adopt Western ways.

In 1864, It? returned to Japan with fellow student Inoue Kaoru to attempt to warn Ch?sh? Domain against going to war with the foreign powers (the Bombardment of Shimonoseki) over the right of passage through the Straits of Shimonoseki. At that time, he met Ernest Satow for the first time, later a lifelong friend.

Political career

Rise to power

Photo of the leading members of the Iwakura mission

After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, It? was appointed governor of Hy?go Prefecture, junior councilor for Foreign Affairs, and sent to the United States in 1870 to study Western currency systems. Returning to Japan in 1871, he established Japan's taxation system. With the advice of Edmund Morel, a chief engineer of the railway department, Ito endeavored to found the Public Works together with Yamao Yozo. Later that year, he was sent on the Iwakura Mission around the world as vice-envoy extraordinary, during which he won the confidence of ?kubo Toshimichi, one of the leaders of the Meiji government.

In 1873, It? was made a full councilor, Minister of Public Works, and in 1875 chairman of the first Assembly of Prefectural Governors. He participated in the Osaka Conference of 1875. After ?kubo's assassination, he took over the post of Home Minister and secured a central position in the Meiji government. In 1881 he urged ?kuma Shigenobu to resign, leaving himself in unchallenged control.

It? went to Europe in 1882 to study the constitutions of those countries, spending nearly 18 months away from Japan. While working on a constitution for Japan, he also wrote the first Imperial Household Law and established the Japanese peerage system (kazoku) in 1884.

In 1885, he negotiated the Convention of Tientsin with Li Hongzhang, normalizing Japan's diplomatic relations with Qing-dynasty China. In the same year, In 1885, It? established a cabinet system of government based on European ideas, replacing the Daij?-kan as the nation's main policy-making organization.

As Prime Minister

Portrait of Ito Hirobumi, c. 1906

On 22 December 1885, It? became the first prime minister of Japan. On 30 April 1888, It? resigned as prime minister, but headed the new Privy Council to maintain power behind-the-scenes. In 1889, he also became the first genr?. The Meiji Constitution was promulgated in February 1889. He had added to it the references to the kokutai or "national polity" as the justification of the emperor's authority through his divine descent and the unbroken line of emperors, and the unique relationship between subject and sovereign.[6] This stemmed from his rejection of some European notions as unfit for Japan, as they stemmed from European constitutional practice and Christianity.[6]

He remained a powerful force while Kuroda Kiyotaka and Yamagata Aritomo, his political nemeses, were prime ministers.

During It?'s second term as prime minister (8 August 1892 - 31 August 1896), he supported the First Sino-Japanese War and negotiated the Treaty of Shimonoseki in March 1895 with his ailing foreign minister Mutsu Munemitsu. In the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation of 1894, he succeeded in removing some of the onerous unequal treaty clauses that had plagued Japanese foreign relations since the start of the Meiji period.

During It?'s third term as prime minister (12 January - 30 June 1898), he encountered problems with party politics. Both the Liberal Party and the Shimpot? opposed his proposed new land taxes, and in retaliation, It? dissolved the Diet and called for new elections. As a result, both parties merged into the Kenseit?, won a majority of the seats, and forced It? to resign. This lesson taught It? the need for a pro-government political party, so he organized the Rikken Seiy?kai (Constitutional Association of Political Friendship) in 1900. It?'s womanizing was a popular theme in editorial cartoons and in parodies by contemporary comedians, and was used by his political enemies in their campaign against him.[]

Picture of Hirobumi It?

It? returned to office as prime minister for a fourth term from 19 October 1900, to 10 May 1901, this time facing political opposition from the House of Peers. Weary of political back-stabbing, he resigned in 1901, but remained as head of the Privy Council as the premiership alternated between Saionji Kinmochi and Katsura Tar?.

Portrait of Hirobumi It? in an American book

Toward the end of August 1901, It? announced his intention of visiting the United States to recuperate. This turned into a long journey in the course of which he visited the major cities of the United States and Europe, setting off from Yokohama on 18 September, traveling through the U.S. to New York City (It? received an honorary doctorate LL.D. from Yale University in late October[7]), from which he sailed to Boulogne, reaching Paris on 4 November. On 25 November, he reached Saint Petersburg, having been asked by the new prime minister, Katsura Tar?, to sound out the Russians, entirely unofficially, on their intentions in the Far East. Japan hoped to achieve what it called Man-Kan k?kan, the exchange of a free hand for Russia in Manchuria for a free hand for Japan in Korea, but Russia, feeling greatly superior to Japan and unwilling to give up its ability to use Korean ports for its navy, was in no mood to compromise; its foreign minister, Vladimir Lamsdorf, "thought that time was on the side of his country because of the (Trans-Siberian) railway and there was no need to make concessions to the Japanese".[8] It? left empty-handed for Berlin (where he received honors from Kaiser Wilhelm), Brussels, and London. Meanwhile, Katsura had decided that Man-Kan k?kan was no longer desirable for Japan, which should not renounce activity in Manchuria.[] When It? reached London, he had talks with Lord Lansdowne which helped lay the groundwork for the Anglo-Japanese Alliance announced early the following year. The failure of his mission to Russia was "one of the most important events in the run-up to the Russo-Japanese War".[9]

It was during his terms as Prime Minister that he invited Professor George Trumbull Ladd of Yale University to serve as a diplomatic adviser to promote mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. It was because of his series of lectures he delivered in Japan revolutionizing its educational methods, that he was the first foreigner to receive the Second Class honor (conferred by the Meiji Emperor in 1907) and the Third Class honor (conferred by The Meiji Emperor in 1899), Orders of the Rising Sun. He later wrote a book on his personal experiences in Korea and with Resident-General It?.[10][11][12] When he died, half his ashes were buried in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo and a monument was erected to him.[11][13]

As Resident-General of Korea

Prince It? and the Crown Prince of Korea Yi Un

In November 1905, following the Russo-Japanese War, the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1905 was made between the Empire of Japan and the Empire of Korea,[14][15] making Korea a Japanese protectorate. After the treaty had been signed, It? became the first Resident-General of Korea on 21 December 1905. In 1907, he urged Emperor Gojong to abdicate in favor of his son Sunjong and secured the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1907, giving Japan its authority to control Korea's internal affairs. It?'s position, however, was nuanced. He was firmly against Korea falling into China or Russia's sphere of influence, which would cause a grave threat to Japan's national security. He was initially against radical annexation, advocating instead that Korea should remain as a protectorate. When the cabinet eventually voted for annexing Korea, he insisted and proposed a delay, hoping that the annexation decision could be reversed in the future.[16] His political nemesis came when the politically influential Imperial Japanese Army, led by Yamagata Aritomo, whose main faction was advocating annexation forced It? to resign on 14 June 1909. However, prior to the cabinet's annexation decision and his resignation on 14 June 1909, It? had already changed his mind on his original stance of keeping Korea as a "protectorate", approving the annexation of Korea after Katsura Tar? and Komura Jutar? presented Japan's future annexation plans to him on 10 April 1909 (his securing of the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1907 laid the groundwork for a full annexation of Korea, discrediting the claim that It? was purely in favor of a "protectorate" Korea).[17] His assassination is believed to have accelerated the path to the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty.[18]

Assassination

Ito (second on the left) before being gunned down by An Jung-geun
A Japanese Cartoon describing the scene when Ito was shot to death. His shadow forms the kanji character for "woman", referencing his alleged penchant for carnal pleasures.[]

It? arrived at the Harbin railway station on 26 October 1909 for a meeting with Vladimir Kokovtsov, a Russian representative in Manchuria. There An Jung-geun, a Korean nationalist[18] and independence activist,[19][20] fired six shots, three of which hit It? in the chest. He died shortly thereafter. His body was returned to Japan on the Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Akitsushima, and he was accorded a state funeral.[21] An Jung-geun later listed "15 reasons why It? should be killed" at his trial.[22][23]

Legacy

In Japan

A Series C 1,000 yen note of Japan, with a portrait of It? Hirobumi.

A portrait of It? Hirobumi was on the obverse of the Series C 1,000 yen note from 1963 until a new series was issued in 1984. It?'s former house in Shinagawa, Tokyo has been transported to the site of his childhood home in Yamaguchi prefecture. It is now preserved as a museum near the Sh?in Jinja in Hagi. The publishing company Hakubunkan takes its name from Hakubun, an alternate pronunciation of It?'s given name.

In Korea

The Annals of Sunjong record that Gojong held a positive view of It?'s governorship. In an entry for 28 October 1909, almost three years after being forced to abdicate his throne, the former emperor praised It?, who had died two days earlier, for his efforts to develop civilization in Korea. However, the integrity of Joseon silloks dated after the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1905 is considered dubious by Korean scholars due to the influence exerted over record-keeping by the Japanese.

It? has been portrayed several times in Korean cinema. His assassination was the subject of North Korea's An Jung-gun Shoots Ito Hirobumi in 1979 and South Korea's Thomas Ahn Joong Keun in 2004; both films made his assassin An Jung-geun the protagonist. The 1973 South Korean film Femme Fatale: Bae Jeong-ja is a biopic of It?'s adopted Korean daughter Bae Jeong-ja (1870-1950).

It? argued[when?] that if East Asians did not cooperate closely with each other, Japan, Korea and China would all fall victim to Western imperialism. Initially, Gojong and the Joseon government shared this belief and agreed to collaborate with the Japanese military.[24] Korean intellectuals had predicted that the victor of the Russo-Japanese War would assume hegemony over their peninsula, and as an Asian power, Japan enjoyed greater public support in Korea than did Russia. However, policies such as land confiscation and the drafting of forced labor turned popular opinion against the Japanese, a trend exacerbated by the arrest or execution of those who resisted.[24] Ironically, An Jung-geun was also a proponent of what would later come to be called Pan-Asianism. He believed in a union of the three East Asian nations in order to repel the "White Peril"[18] of Western imperialism and restore peace in the region.

Genealogy

  • Hayashi family
 ?Hayashi Awajinokami
Michioki
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 ?    ?    ?Hayasi Magoemon ?     ?     ?    ?     ?
Michimoto Michiyo Michisige     Michiyoshi Michisada Michikata Michinaga Michisue
           ?
           ?
           ?Hayasi Magosabur?
          Nobukatsu
           ?
           ?
           ?Hayasi Magoemon
          Nobuyoshi
           ?
 
 ?Hayasi Magoemon ?     ?    ?
Nobuaki      Sakuzaemon Sojyur?  Matazaemon
 ?                    ?
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 ?Hayasi Hanroku            ?
Nobuhisa                 Genz?
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               ?
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S?zaemon  Heijihy?e          Yoichiemon
       ?              ?
       ?
 ?Hayasi Hanroku ?      ?   ?
Rihachir?     Riemon    Masuz? Sukezaemon
                      ?adopted son of Hayasi Rihachir?
      
      ?It? ?Hayasi Shinbei's wife ?Morita Naoyoshi's wife
     Jyuz? woman          woman
      ?
      ?
      ?'''It?
     Hirobumi'''
      ?
 
 ?It?   ?Kida  ?It?   ?   ?
Hirokuni Humiyoshi Shinichi woman woman
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 ?It?   ?Shimizu ?It?     ?It?  ?It?   ?It?   ?It?   ?It?    ?It?   ?It?    ?   ?  ?
Hirotada  Hiroharu Hiromichi  Hiroya Hirotada Hiroomi Hironori Hirotsune Hirotaka Hirohide woman woman woman
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 ?It?   ?   ?  ?   ?  ?
Hiromasa  woman woman woman woman woman
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 ?It?   ?
Tomoaki  woman
  • It? family
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It? Yaemon
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It? Naoemon (Mizui Buhei)Yaemon's adopted son
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It? Jyuz? (Hayashi Jyuzo)Naoemon's adopted son
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It? Hirobumi (Hayashi Risuke)

Honours

From the Japanese popflock.com resource article

Japanese

Peerages

  • Count (7 July 1884)
  • Marquis (5 August 1895)
  • Prince (21 September 1907)

Decorations

Court ranks

  • Fifth rank, junior grade (1868)
  • Fifth rank (1869)
  • Fourth rank (1870)
  • Senior fourth rank (18 February. 1874)
  • Third rank (27 December 1884)
  • Second rank (19 October 1886)
  • Senior second rank (20 December 1895)
  • Junior First Rank (26 October 1909; posthumous)

Foreign

Popular culture

See also

References

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  4. ^ Dudden, Alexis (2005). Japan's Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-2829-1.
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  9. ^ Nish, The Origins of the Russo-Japanese War, p. 116.
  10. ^ Topics of the Week: "George Trumbull Ladd", The New York Times. 22 February 1908.
  11. ^ a b "Business: Japanese Strip", Time. 8 May 1939.
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  16. ^ Umino, Fukuju (2004). Hirobumi Ito and Korean Annexation (Ito hirobumi to kankoku heigou) (in Japanese). Aoki Shoten. ISBN 978-4-250-20414-2.
  17. ^ Ogawara, Hiroyuki (2010). ? (in Japanese). ?. ISBN 978-4000221795.
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  20. ^ An, Jung-geun, Naver encyclopedia
  21. ^ Nakamura, Kaju (2010) [1910]. Prince Ito - The Man and Statesman - A Brief History of His Life. Lulu Press (reprint). ISBN 978-1445571423.
  22. ^ "The Harbin Tragedy". The Straits Times. 2 December 1909. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "Why Did Ahn Jung-geun Kill Hirobumi Ito?". The Korea Times. 24 August 2009.
  24. ^ a b Lee Jeong-sik () (May 2001). , ? [Special report on Japan's history textbook issue.]. New DongA (in Korean). Retrieved 2012. ... initially many Koreans supported Japanese against Russians, and helped Japanese military. ... Many intellectuals had predicted that whoever wins the Russo-Japanese War, Joseon would be controlled by a victor. Still, they had hoped for the Asian power's victory. .... On 14 April 1904, Japan demanded unrestricted fishing rights all across Korean peninsular. On 28 June, Japan asked for the right to use every unclaimed land in Korea. Many Japanese gangsters had beaten Korean citizens in numerous occasions. ... 1904, U.S. diplomatic cable by Horace Allen, then U.S. representative in Korea. [...?· ? ? ? ?, ? ... ? ? ?(?) , '()'? . ... (1) 1904? 4?14?. ? ? ? ?. (2) 6?28?. ? ? ? ? ?. (3) ? ? . ...1904? ]
  25. ^ "Latest intelligence - Germany". The Times (36639). London. 16 December 1901. p. 6.
  26. ^ "Latest intelligence - Russia and Japan". The Times (36626). London. 30 November 1901. p. 7.
  27. ^ a b c https://www.digital.archives.go.jp/das/image/M0000000000000788098
  28. ^ "No. 27397". The London Gazette. 14 January 1902. p. 295.
  29. ^ "Court circular". The Times (36667). London. 17 January 1902. p. 8.

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Further reading

  • Edward, I. "Japan's Decision to Annex Taiwan: A Study of It?-Mutsu Diplomacy, 1894-95." Journal of Asian Studies 37#1 (1977): 61-72.
  • Hamada Kengi (1936). Prince Ito. Tokyo: Sanseido Co.
  • Johnston, John T.M. (1917). World patriots. New York: World Patriots Co.
  • Kusunoki Sei'ichir? (1991). Nihon shi omoshiro suiri: Nazo no satsujin jiken wo oe. Tokyo: Futami bunko.
  • Ladd, George T. (1908). In Korea with Marquis Ito
  • Nakamura Kaju (1910). Prince Ito, the man and the statesman, a brief history of his life. New York: Japanese-American commercial weekly and Anraku Pub. Co.
  • Palmer, Frederick (1910). Marquis Ito: the great man of Japan. n.p.

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