This week, we cover the little-known “Chichibu Incident,” an uprising against the Meiji government in 1884 that saw several thousand people take up arms against the state. Where did it come from? How did the rebellion fare? And what is its connection to the broader trends of Japanese history?
Bowen, Roger W. Rebellion and Democracy in Meiji Japan.
Siniawer, Eiko. Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists: The Violent Politics of Modern Japan.
Steele, M. William. Alternative Narratives in Modern Japanese History.